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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Worthy of severe condemnation or reproach: a deplorable act of violence.
  • adj. Lamentable; woeful: My finances were in a deplorable state of neglect.
  • adj. Wretched; bad: deplorable housing conditions in the inner city.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Deserving strong condemnation; shockingly bad.
  • adj. To be felt sorrow for; worthy of compassion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Worthy of being deplored or lamented; lamentable; causing grief; hence, sad; calamitous; grievous; wretched.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That may or must be deplored or lamented; lamentable; that demands or causes lamentation; hence, sad; calamitous; grievous; miserable; wretched: as, a deplorable calamity.
  • Pitiable; contemptible: as, deplorable nonsense; deplorable stupidity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of very poor quality or condition
  • adj. bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
  • adj. bad; unfortunate

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