The verb deplore is used to express strong disapproval of something. If you really, really hate the way your mom makes meatloaf, then it's safe to say you deplore it.

Deplore comes from Latin roots that mean "to bewail or lament." So if you deplore something, you object to it because it brings you sorrow or grief. People often deplore things that they regret or feel bad about. You might deplore the inhumane treatment of animals or the deforestation of the Amazon. Or maybe you just deplore your wardrobe choices from middle school.

Definitions of deplore
  1. verb
    express strong disapproval of
    “We deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners”
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    accurse, anathematise, anathematize, anathemise, anathemize, comminate, execrate
    curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
    type of:
    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
  2. verb
    regret strongly
    “I deplore this hostile action”
    synonyms: bemoan, bewail, lament
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    type of:
    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
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