V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to condemn or disapprove strongly of something, to find something extremely unacceptable; 2. to regret something

Synonyms: censure, condemn, denounce, disapprove, deprecate, bemoan, lament, rue, excoriate, bewail, mourn, regret

Antonyms: praise, laud, admire, delight, rejoice

Tips: Deplore comes from the Latin word plorare, "to wail." Its modern meanings retain this sense of feeling badly about something. The first meaning denotes feeling bad and angry or judgmental--if you deplore something you find it to be unacceptable; the second meaning refers to feeling bad and regretful or sad. The related adjective deplorable describes something regrettable or disgraceful.

Usage Examples:

Each generation deplores the lax moral values adopted by the next. (bemoans, laments)

There is a deplorable lack of funding for important projects such as this one, which provides food and shelter for impoverished children. (regrettable, disgraceful) adjective

I simply deplore his lack of respect and good judgment. (mourn, condemn)

I deplore people who don't support our troops. (denounce, disapprove of)

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