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!


  1. lamentablea deplorable lack of taste
  2. worthy of censure or reproach; very baddeplorable behaviour

1610s; see deplore + -able. Perhaps from French d├ęplorable or directly from Late Latin deplorabilis. Johnson (mid-18c.) noted the weakened colloquial use of the word for “very bad.” Related: Deplorably.

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