Definition of deplorable in English:

deplorable

adjective

  • 1Deserving strong condemnation; completely unacceptable.

    ‘children living in deplorable conditions’
    • ‘Although not as large an operation as a puppy mill, backyard breeders often possess the same deplorable conditions.’
    • ‘The killing of innocents is deplorable and appalling in any part of the world.’
    • ‘These kinds of outrages are deplorable and the perpetrators should be brought to justice.’
    • ‘The animals used for this trade are raised under deplorable conditions and killed solely for their skins and furs.’
    • ‘I am disappointed in the deplorable, unconscionable way they are trying to make this a political issue.’
    • ‘During the past two days, residents have been setting fires on the streets to highlight deplorable living conditions.’
    • ‘‘I think it is a deplorable state of affairs,’ he told the town council.’
    • ‘We have received a complaint from some tourists about a bear being mistreated and kept in deplorable conditions in a snake farm in Pattaya.’
    • ‘They fail to realize that elderly people, when reduced to a deplorable state of solitude, have all the more need for someone to talk to and interact with.’
    • ‘Housing conditions are frequently deplorable, overcrowded, and substandard.’
    • ‘Older people in the locality cannot recollect the roads ever having been in a more deplorable condition.’
    • ‘Even if their claims are exaggerated, any loss of life is deplorable and unacceptable.’
    • ‘Such an unthinkable and deplorable situation would affect every aspect of potential business and the quality of life for the future generations in Swindon.’
    • ‘Its focus has changed, that's all: it's no longer praise for conduct seen as admirable, but condemnation of antics seen as deplorable.’
    • ‘Not to say that Russell isn't right when he laments the deplorable state of modern culture.’
    • ‘The conditions inside the building are deplorable, terrible, disgusting.’
    • ‘It is deplorable that the delay in undertaking the job was mainly attributed to the two parties' differences over channels of negotiations.’
    • ‘This was, after all, a world in which literacy was rare, and the quality of preaching deplorable.’
    • ‘I write on behalf of a number of Joseph Rowntree pupils - all of whom have received deplorable service from the bus service over recent weeks.’
    • ‘These deplorable conditions existed in military prisons of both sides.’
    disgraceful, shameful, dishonourable, disreputable, discreditable, unworthy, shabby, inexcusable, unpardonable, unforgivable
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    1. 1.1Shockingly bad in quality.
      ‘her spelling was deplorable’
      • ‘Many live without electricity and work in deplorable conditions.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation told the newspaper the girl and her family are living in deplorable conditions.’
      • ‘They are living under deplorable conditions with limited access to safe drinking water, proper sanitation and food.’
      • ‘The sanitary conditions are deplorable and there are no separate toilets for women.’
      • ‘Another matter of serious concern to the people in the Hannon's Strand area is the deplorable condition of the entrance to the beach.’
      • ‘The authorities should also work to alleviate the deplorable condition of roads to ensure safety.’
      • ‘One of the main reasons for the fall in theatre audience is due to the deplorable condition of the theatres.’
      • ‘He said that the minister had himself once visited the center and seen the deplorable condition of the road but no action had been taken even then.’
      • ‘Most, especially men, drank to escape deplorable housing conditions and the desperation of a life going nowhere.’
      • ‘Refugees have to live in most deplorable conditions human beings can face.’
      • ‘The game was played in deplorable weather conditions and in the end Galway emerged victorious by a point.’
      • ‘The bins could do with a good hosing down, they are in a deplorable condition.’
      • ‘That does not seem possible, however, when our roads are in such deplorable condition, food prices are so high and the crime rate is rising daily.’
      • ‘In her Letters home, Fairchild described the deplorable conditions the nurses had to endure.’
      • ‘Both sides made enough chances, but the finishing was deplorable, but strangely when the odd score came the quality was top drawer.’
      • ‘He added that the whole road structure and footpaths in the area were in a deplorable condition.’
      • ‘Should you be able to communicate in Thai (my wife is Thai) you will find the quality of advice deplorable.’
      • ‘The condition of English prisons was deplorable; males and females could be and were crowded into cells together.’
      • ‘The quality of the image is a bit deplorable at times but it really doesn't matter, it's what the people say that does.’
      • ‘An official, who requested anonymity, said the school was closed one week earlier last term because of the deplorable conditions.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from French déplorable or late Latin deplorabilis, from the verb deplorare (see deplore).

Pronunciation:

deplorable

/dɪˈplɔːrəb(ə)l/