[ UK /dɪplˈɔːɹəbə‍l/ ]
[ US /dɪˈpɫɔɹəbəɫ/ ]
  1. bad; unfortunate
    her clothes were in sad shape
    a lamentable decision
    a sorry state of affairs
    my finances were in a deplorable state
  2. bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
    a deplorable act of violence
    adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife
    a criminal waste of talent
  3. of very poor quality or condition
    deplorable housing conditions in the inner city
    woeful errors of judgment
    woeful treatment of the accused
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How To Use deplorable In A Sentence

  • That which is soft and effeminate, which is calculated to excite the passions, by multitudes of ambiguous expressions, (not the less dangerous for being so cloaked) should be considered by Christians as an abuse the more deplorable, as it has even been censured and condemned by the pagans. The Life and Legends of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • 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.
  • I have been forced to admit diverse propositions which appear somewhat deplorable.
  • The sanitary conditions are deplorable and there are no separate toilets for women.
  • The history of the early years following the cession is a sad record of violence and general lawlessness among the white inhabitants, and of deplorable Indian troubles. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize
  • Deplorable as this preference may be, it's hardly as deplorable as the gulf which these cultural assumptions themselves created between the lowbrow public and the university-educated art world and artists.
  • It reopened, but diners have remained in the dark about the deplorable hygiene standards. Times, Sunday Times
  • This arises largely and insidiously from the slavish adoption here of virtually all Americanisms - some invaluable, the majority deplorable.
  • The adjuster came within 20 minutes, called a flatbed tow truck, completed all the insurance paperwork, and assured us that the cuota would pay for everything because the road conditions were indeed deplorable. Traveling Mexico's Cuotas (Toll Roads)
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