v 1: express strong disapproval of; "We deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners" 2: regret strongly; "I deplore this hostile action"; "we lamented the loss of benefits" [syn: deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan]
transitive verb (deplored; deploring) Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French deplorer, from Latin deplorare, from de- + plorare to wail Date: 1559 1.a. to feel or express grief for b. to regret strongly 2. to consider unfortunate or deserving of deprecation <many critics deplore his methods> • deplorernoun • deploringlyadverb Synonyms:deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan mean to express grief or sorrow for something. deplore implies regret for the loss or impairment of something of value <deplores the breakdown in family values>. lament implies a profound or demonstrative expression of sorrow <lamenting the loss of their only child>. bewail and bemoan imply sorrow, disappointment, or protest finding outlet in words or cries, bewail commonly suggesting loudness, and bemoan lugubriousness <fans bewailed the defeat> <purists bemoaning the corruption of the language>.
Deplore De*plore", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deplored; p. pr. & vb. n. Deploring.] [L. deplorare; de- + plorare to cry out, wail, lament; prob. akin to pluere to rain, and to E. flow: cf. F. d['e]plorer. Cf. Flow.] 1. To feel or to express deep and poignant grief for; to bewail; to lament; to mourn; to sorrow over. To find her, or forever to deplore Her loss. --Milton. As some sad turtle his lost love deplores. --Pope. 2. To complain of. [Obs.] --Shak. 3. To regard as hopeless; to give up. [Obs.] --Bacon. Syn: To Deplore, Mourn, Lament, Bewail, Bemoan. Usage: Mourn is the generic term, denoting a state of grief or sadness. To lament is to express grief by outcries, and denotes an earnest and strong expression of sorrow. To deplore marks a deeper and more prolonged emotion. To bewail and to bemoan are appropriate only to cases of poignant distress, in which the grief finds utterance either in wailing or in moans and sobs. A man laments his errors, and deplores the ruin they have brought on his family; mothers bewail or bemoan the loss of their children.
(deplores, deploring, deplored) If you say that you deplore something, you think it is very wrong or immoral. (FORMAL) He deplored the fact that the Foreign Secretary was driven into resignation...VERB: V n
be sorry for, bemoan, bewail, cry, deprecate, dirge, disapprove, elegize, give sorrow words, grieve, keen, knell, lament, moan, mourn, regret, repent, repine, rue, rue the day, sigh, sing the blues, sorrow, wail, weep, weep over