Deplorable is an adjective used to describe something extremely bad or unfortunate, like the deplorable destruction and loss of life in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami.

Deplorable comes from the French word déplorer meaning "to give up as hopeless," meaning something is so bad, there is no hope of improvement like the deplorable actions of the arsonist who burned down the museum filled with priceless antiques. Deplorable can also describe something that is of terrible quality or unhealthful, like the deplorable state of the area under your bed — is that a moldy sandwich under there?

Definitions of deplorable
  1. adjective
    of very poor quality or condition
    deplorable housing conditions in the inner city”
    synonyms: execrable, miserable, woeful, wretched
    of low or inferior quality
  2. adjective
    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
    “a deplorable act of violence”
    synonyms: condemnable, criminal, reprehensible, vicious
    contrary to conscience or morality or law
  3. adjective
    bad; unfortunate
    “my finances were in a deplorable state”
    synonyms: distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry
    having undesirable or negative qualities
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