Definition of deplore in English:


Pronunciation /dəˈplôr/ /dəˈplɔr/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Feel or express strong disapproval of (something)

    ‘we deplore this act of violence’
    • ‘He acknowledges a common humanity, denouncing modern race slavery in the strongest terms and deploring the disappearance of Indian civilizations into a historical void in which their cultural meanings would be forever lost.’
    • ‘The official condemnations of the bombing, therefore, focus not on deploring the act but on lamenting the consequences.’
    • ‘He said: " The council deplores all acts of violence ".’
    • ‘Its main purpose is to deplore the use of violence in this dispute.’
    • ‘I can almost hear the harrumphing complaints that politicians have always spent as much time deploring the wickedness of opponents as praising the virtues of their policies - and so they have.’
    • ‘It therefore deplores any material which indicates violence against women and children could ever be acceptable.’
    • ‘My husband deplores those court trials that weight the sorrow of the survivors in sentencing the convicted.’
    • ‘The article neither endorsed nor deplored the idea, but simply noticed the plain strength of feeling displayed by those who wrote to him on the subject.’
    • ‘The statement that they had not left the meeting but left to attend to other business was deplored as a perversion of the facts.’
    • ‘If viewers deplore dearth of quality films, some producers bemoan lack of quality film viewers.’
    • ‘Henry's own, lofty response, more in sorrow than in anger, was to deplore the muckraking of his opponents.’
    • ‘While the old man wandered around the castle at Dux, deploring the impertinence of the servants (they laughed at his old-fashioned cloth-of-gold coat and elaborate bow), he was composing a work of huge historical interest.’
    • ‘‘Fifty percent of college students couldn't tell you what decade the Civil War was in,’ he announced at one point, deploring the state of contemporary education.’
    • ‘In deploring pronunciation, Mr Johnstone is right in saying there is no lexicographical or etymological reason for the change of consular to ‘conshular’, but he forgets what sounds are involved.’
    • ‘It was at this point that the performance of the Ministry of Culture came under attack, with Hegazi, for one board member, deploring the deterioration of the film industry since the 1960s.’
    • ‘Khomeini, deploring the moral degradation he saw around him and the people's lack of will and moral fibre to combat it, pledged his opposition ‘as long as there is blood in my veins.’’
    • ‘They will utter platitudes deploring the brutal murder of a pensioner; but what gets their adrenalin pumping is knee-jerk, liberal indignation at any proposals to make life hard for criminals.’
    • ‘Jay does not flinch from deploring two of the biggest consequences of the penetration of market forces to almost every part of the globe; the threat to the environment and the rapidly widening gap between rich and poor.’
    • ‘As she put it, ‘instead of deploring our lack of homogeneity, we should glory in it.’’
    • ‘This dialogue grows out of an article in the April 6 issue of The New Yorker deploring the state of movies today.’
    abhor, be shocked by, be offended by, be scandalized by, find unacceptable, be against, frown on
    regret, express regret about, lament, mourn, rue, bemoan, bewail, complain about, grieve over, express sorrow about, sorrow over, sigh over, cry over, weep over, shed tears over, beat one's breast about, wring one's hands over
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘weep for, regret deeply’): from French déplorer or Italian deplorare, from Latin deplorare, from de- ‘away, thoroughly’ + plorare ‘bewail’.