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

adj of very poor quality or condition

deplorable housing conditions in the inner city”
execrable, miserable, woeful, wretched
of low or inferior quality

adj bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

“a deplorable act of violence”
condemnable, criminal, reprehensible, vicious
contrary to conscience or morality or law

adj bad; unfortunate

“my finances were in a deplorable state”
distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry
having undesirable or negative qualities

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