Adjective "deplorable" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Deserving strong condemnation; completely unacceptable.
  1. 'Even if their claims are exaggerated, any loss of life is deplorable and unacceptable.'
  2. 'Housing conditions are frequently deplorable, overcrowded, and substandard.'
  3. 'Not to say that Russell isn't right when he laments the deplorable state of modern culture.'
  4. 'During the past two days, residents have been setting fires on the streets to highlight deplorable living conditions.'
  5. 'The killing of innocents is deplorable and appalling in any part of the world.'
  6. 'It is deplorable that the delay in undertaking the job was mainly attributed to the two parties' differences over channels of negotiations.'
  7. 'I write on behalf of a number of Joseph Rowntree pupils - all of whom have received deplorable service from the bus service over recent weeks.'
  8. 'Although not as large an operation as a puppy mill, backyard breeders often possess the same deplorable conditions.'
  9. 'These kinds of outrages are deplorable and the perpetrators should be brought to justice.'
  10. 'This was, after all, a world in which literacy was rare, and the quality of preaching deplorable.'
  11. 'her spelling was deplorable'
  12. 'The quality of the image is a bit deplorable at times but it really doesn't matter, it's what the people say that does.'
  13. 'The sanitary conditions are deplorable and there are no separate toilets for women.'
  14. 'Should you be able to communicate in Thai (my wife is Thai) you will find the quality of advice deplorable.'
  15. 'In her Letters home, Fairchild described the deplorable conditions the nurses had to endure.'
  16. 'One of the main reasons for the fall in theatre audience is due to the deplorable condition of the theatres.'
  17. 'The condition of English prisons was deplorable; males and females could be and were crowded into cells together.'
  18. 'Another matter of serious concern to the people in the Hannon's Strand area is the deplorable condition of the entrance to the beach.'
  19. 'Refugees have to live in most deplorable conditions human beings can face.'
  20. 'He added that the whole road structure and footpaths in the area were in a deplorable condition.'
  21. 'He said that the minister had himself once visited the center and seen the deplorable condition of the road but no action had been taken even then.'


1. causing or being a subject for grief or regret; lamentable: the deplorable death of a friend.

2. causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad: This room is in deplorable order. You have deplorable manners!

More examples(as adjective)

"tones can be deplorable in view of needs."

"conditions can be deplorable."

"states can be deplorable."

"situations can be deplorable."

"incidents can be deplorable."

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Early 17th century: from French déplorable or late Latin deplorabilis, from the verb deplorare (see deplore).