deplore vs reprobate what difference

what is difference between deplore and reprobate



From Middle French déplorer, from Old French deplorer, from Latin dēplōrāre (to lament over, bewail), from dē- + plōrāre (to wail, weep aloud); origin uncertain.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /dɪˈplɔɹ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪˈplɔː/
  • (rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /dɪˈplo(ː)ɹ/
  • (non-rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /dɪˈploə/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)
  • Hyphenation: de‧plore


deplore (third-person singular simple present deplores, present participle deploring, simple past and past participle deplored)

  1. (transitive) To bewail; to weep bitterly over; to feel sorrow for.
    I deplore my neighbour for having lost his job.
    The UNHCR deplores the recent events in Sudan.
    I deplore not having listened to your advice.
  2. (transitive) To condemn; to express strong disapproval of.
    I deplore how you treated him at the party.
    Many people deplore the actions of the corrupt government.
  3. (obsolete) To regard as hopeless; to give up.
    • 1605, Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning
      The physicians do make a kind of scruple and religion to stay with the patient after the disease is deplored; whereas, in my judgement, they ought both to inquire the skill, and to give the attendances, for the facilitating and assuaging of the pains and agonies of death.


  • bewail
  • condemn

Related terms

  • deplorable
  • deploration


Further reading

  • deplore in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • deplore in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • deplore at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • redpole




  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of deplorar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of deplorar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of deplorar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of deplorar.


Etymology 1

Borrowed from Latin reprobatus (disapproved, rejected, condemned), past participle of reprobare.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛpɹəbət/


reprobate (comparative more reprobate, superlative most reprobate)

  1. (rare) Rejected; cast off as worthless.
    • Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them.
  2. Rejected by God; damned, sinful.
  3. Immoral, having no religious or principled character.
    The reprobate criminal sneered at me.


reprobate (plural reprobates)

  1. One rejected by God; a sinful person.
  2. An individual with low morals or principles.
    • c. 1603, Walter Raleigh, Apology for the Voyage to Guiana
      I acknowledge myself for a reprobate, a villain, a traitor to the king.
    • 1920, Herman Cyril McNeile, Bulldog Drummond Chapter 1
      “Good morning, Mrs. Denny,” he said. “Wherefore this worried look on your face? Has that reprobate James been misbehaving himself?”
Related terms
  • depraved

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Latin reprobare, reprobatus. Doublet of reprove.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛpɹəbeɪt/


reprobate (third-person singular simple present reprobates, present participle reprobating, simple past and past participle reprobated)

  1. To have strong disapproval of something; to reprove; to condemn.
  2. Of God: to abandon or reject, to deny eternal bliss.
  3. To refuse, set aside.


  • perborate



  • (Classical) IPA(key): /re.proˈbaː.te/, [ɾɛpɾɔˈbäːt̪ɛ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /re.proˈba.te/, [rɛprɔˈbɑːt̪ɛ]



  1. second-person plural present active imperative of reprobō

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