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. [1913 Webster]

To find her, or forever to deplore Her loss. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

As some sad turtle his lost love deplores. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To complain of. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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