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From Middle French déplorer, from Old French deplorer, from Latin dēplōrāre (to lament over, bewail), from dē- + plōrāre (to wail, weep aloud); origin uncertain.



deplore (third-person singular simple present deplores, present participle deploring, simple past and past participle deplored)

  1. (transitive) To bewail; to weep bitterly over; to feel sorrow for.
    I deplore my neighbour for having lost his job.
    The UNHCR deplores the recent events in Sudan.
    I deplore not having listened to your advice.
  2. (transitive) To condemn; to express strong disapproval of.
    I deplore how you treated him at the party.
    Many people deplore the actions of a corrupt government.
  3. (obsolete) To regard as hopeless; to give up.
    • Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning.
      The physicians do make a kind of scruple and religion to
      stay with the patient after the disease is deplored; whereas, in
      my judgement, they ought both to inquire the skill, and to
      give the attendances, for the facilitating and assuaging of the
      pains and agonies of death.


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  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of deplorar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of deplorar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of deplorar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of deplorar.