• WordNet 3.6
    • v deplore express strong disapproval of "We deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners"
    • v deplore regret strongly "I deplore this hostile action","we lamented the loss of benefits"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deplore To complain of.
    • Deplore To feel or to express deep and poignant grief for; to bewail; to lament; to mourn; to sorrow over. "To find her, or forever to deplore Her loss.""As some sad turtle his lost love deplores ."
    • v. i Deplore To lament.
    • Deplore To regard as hopeless; to give up.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deplore To lament; bewail; mourn; feel or express deep and poignant grief for or in regard to.
    • deplore To despair of; regard or give up as desperate.
    • deplore To tell of sympathetically.
    • deplore Synonyms To bemoan, grieve for, sorrow over.
    • deplore To utter lamentations; lament; moan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deplore de-plōr′ to feel or express deep grief for
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When you deplore the conditions in the world, ask yourself, am I part of the problem or part of the solution?”
  • Alfred Whitney Griswold
    Alfred Whitney Griswold
    “Things have got to be wrong in order that they may be deplored.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deplorare,; de-, + plorare, to cry out, wail, lament; prob. akin to pluere, to rain, and to E. flow: cf. F. déplorer. Cf. Flow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. deplorārede, inten., plorāre, to weep.


In literature:

But anything that first gratifies this appetite and hurls it back in a terrific reaction is deplorable and wicked.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
I repeat, whilst I deplore it, that it is not chargeable on me.
"Speeches from the Dock, Part I" by Various
For five centuries, from the fifth to the tenth, the condition of Europe was deplorable.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
Well, the Indian camp at Round Valley is in a deplorable state of disorder.
"Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" by Charles Nordhoff
Precocity in a child, therefore, is a thing to be deplored.
"Study of Child Life" by Marion Foster Washburne
But Miss La Sarthe, while again deploring the source of her sister's information, was firm.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
Religious wars are above all the most deplorable.
"The Art of War" by Baron Henri de Jomini
There are many Japanese who deeply deplore and condemn the whole proceeding.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Deplorable, indeed; but it was to be, that was all.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Mr. Rickman had confided to her the deplorable state of his finances.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

"'Wait but a little while,' she said,
'Till Summer's burning days are fled;
And Autumn shall restore,
With golden riches of her own,
And Summer's glories mellowed down,
The freshness you deplore.'
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
They would not blame the sins his passion wrought.
No, they were tolerant and Christian, saying, 'We
Only deplore ...' saying they only sought
To help him, strengthen him, to show him love; but he
"Bitterness" by Victoria Sackville-West
Small blame; one cannot always soar
To heights of hyaline sublime;
Melodious prose one must deplore,
And fetters of rebellious rhyme:
Keats, Browning - that's another tale,
But even Giants fail and fail.
"My Masters" by Robert W Service
In vain he spreads his helpless arms,
His pitying friends with fond alarms
In vain deplore his state;
Still far and farther from the coast,
On the high surge his bark is tost,
And foundering yields to fate.
"Songs" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Thou'rt gone like the meteor that blazed in the sky,
And the spot thou hast smiled upon knows thee no more,
Is there no one that heaves o'er thy ashes a sigh?
Is there none to regret? Is there none to deplore?
"The Musician's Grave" by Lennox Amott
The bitter cry
Of yearning for the loss we yet deplore,--
Yet for her heart, who stood too nigh
For comfort, till God's hour thy face restore.
Man has no lenitive! He, who wrought the grief, . . .
Alone commands relief.
"A Home In The Palace" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

I liked its wit, style, and grasp of locale, but deplored its cavalier way with plot.
Roger Shattuck rightly deplores the critical neglect of Michel Tournier's work, but is mistaken in asserting that none of his novels has appeared in paperback.
"The attack on our peacekeepers is cowardly (and) deplorable and our thoughts go to the families and friends of the fallen and the injured," said Aichatou Mindaoudou, acting joint special representative for the mission.
He and his lot hardly believe that they are the cause of the moral decline that they deplore.
Revisionist history by state board members won't whitewash their deplorable actions.
Deplorable, Rotting Pier 8 Needs Major Repairs.
Canada's deplorable indifference to government-funded scientific research .
I want to start by saying that from all that I hear, MTV's new series "Skins" sounds like another deplorable step down for our culture and yet another blow against civility.
Revisionist history by state board members won't whitewash their deplorable actions.
The dogs were found in deplorable conditions , with feces tangled in their fur.
And the so-called "enlightened" countries–those Western states who claim to deplore violence and favor the peaceful resolution of conflicts–are the very ones who will reward violence the most.
Continued from Page 3. Who could deplore her desire to own " Pale Fire".
Drug maker deplores execution use.
Of his peccadilloes, a deplorable thing, a mistake, Like all pleas for forgiveness, but he persisted.
Berkeley Society of Friends ( Quakers ), located in North Berkeley at Vine and Walnut streets, deplores Measure S, the proposed ordinance to impose citations and jail sentences on homeless people for sitting on the streets in Berkeley.