[ US /dɪˈpɫɔɹ/ ]
[ UK /dɪplˈɔː/ ]
  1. regret strongly
    I deplore this hostile action
    we lamented the loss of benefits
  2. express strong disapproval of
    We deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners
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How To Use deplore In A Sentence

  • The Group of Eight, the club of the world's richest economies, issued a statement during a meeting of foreign ministers in Trieste, Italy, saying it "deplored" the post-election violence. Tehran Hard-Liners Seek to Show Their Dominance
  • Ministers may deplore this cynicism - but they are to blame for having so many times promised so much and delivered so little. Times, Sunday Times
  • Vallejo told the intimate story of the degradation that Royce had deplored only from the outside.
  • On nuclear weapons, the Iranian president deplores what he calls unbridled expansion and testing of more powerful warheads, apparently implicating the United States. CNN Transcript Sep 22, 2006
  • The report says: 'We deplore the behaviour of a number of banks. The Sun
  • We deplore the use of nuclear weapons.
  • The decision of Government to send reinforcements to Ireland was mentioned as a prelude to the information from Vienna of the birth of a son to the Princess Nikolas: and then; having conjoined the two entirely heterogeneous pieces of intelligence, the composer adroitly interfused them by a careless transposition of the prelude and the burden that enabled him to play ad libitum on regrets and rejoicings; by which device the lord of Earlsfont might be offered condolences while the lady could express her strong contentment, inasmuch as he deplored the state of affairs in the sister island, and she was glad of a crisis concluding a term of suspense thus the foreign-born baby was denounced and welcomed, the circumstances lamented and the mother congratulated, in a breath, all under cover of the happiest misunderstanding, as effective as the cabalism of Prospero's wand among the Neapolitan mariners, by the skilful Irish development on a grand scale of the rhetorical figure anastrophe, or a turning about and about. Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith
  • At the time, however, my dad deplored the feeling that he was becoming just another number in an impersonal organization, a cog in the machine.
  • They differ about whether to cheer or to deplore the loss. The Times Literary Supplement
  • They criticize King Saul heavily, lionize David, praise Solomon and deplore the division of the country into northern and southern kingdoms. Douglas Knight: Biblical Israel's History Viewed From Inside And Out
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