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deplore

deplore

verb de·plore \di-ˈplr\

: to hate or dislike (something) very much : to strongly disapprove of (something)

de·ploredde·plor·ing

Full Definition of DEPLORE

transitive verb
1
a :  to feel or express grief for
b :  to regret strongly
2
:  to consider unfortunate or deserving of deprecation <many critics deplore his methods>
de·plor·er \-ˈplr-ər\ noun
de·plor·ing·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of DEPLORE

  1. We deplore the development of nuclear weapons.
  2. Many people deplored the change.
  3. Although deplored by many, her decisions have greatly benefited the company.

Origin of DEPLORE

Middle French or Latin; Middle French deplorer, from Latin deplorare, from de- + plorare to wail
First Known Use: 1559

Synonym Discussion of DEPLORE

deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan mean to express grief or sorrow for something. deplore implies regret for the loss or impairment of something of value <deplores the breakdown in family values>. lament implies a profound or demonstrative expression of sorrow <lamenting the loss of their only child>. bewail and bemoan imply sorrow, disappointment, or protest finding outlet in words or cries, bewail commonly suggesting loudness, and bemoan lugubriousness <fans bewailed the defeat> <purists bemoaning the corruption of the language>.

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