Definition of deplore in English:



  • Feel or express strong disapproval of (something)

    ‘we deplore this act of violence’
    • ‘He said: " The council deplores all acts of violence ".’
    • ‘The statement that they had not left the meeting but left to attend to other business was deplored as a perversion of the facts.’
    • ‘It therefore deplores any material which indicates violence against women and children could ever be acceptable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My husband deplores those court trials that weight the sorrow of the survivors in sentencing the convicted.’
    • ‘The official condemnations of the bombing, therefore, focus not on deploring the act but on lamenting the consequences.’
    • ‘Henry's own, lofty response, more in sorrow than in anger, was to deplore the muckraking of his opponents.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Its main purpose is to deplore the use of violence in this dispute.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This dialogue grows out of an article in the April 6 issue of The New Yorker deploring the state of movies today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If viewers deplore dearth of quality films, some producers bemoan lack of quality film viewers.’
    • ‘As she put it, ‘instead of deploring our lack of homogeneity, we should glory in it.’’
    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
    abhor, be shocked by, be offended by, be scandalized by, find unacceptable, be against, frown on
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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.