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- n. The state or quality of being deplorable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. State of being deplorable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being deplorable; misery; wretchedness; a miserable state.
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I am incited to the penning of these memoirs only by a desire to divert my mind from the deplorableness of my situation, and a faint idea that posterity may by their means be induced to render me a justice which my contemporaries refuse.
To my wishes, at the bottom of the stairs, he met the doctor, who, it seems, proportioned the length of his visage to the deplorableness of the case, and from him Mr. Evelyn took his answer.
He was sensible of the deplorableness of my condition, and chid himself for the negligence of which he had already been guilty.
He humbly expostulates with God concerning the present deplorableness of their case, v. 19.
In fact Gibson mentioned it three times - once in a hypothetical example of how its deplorableness was sufficient to have its wearer reported to the Bar Association and, second, in a pretend example of what could be used as an indication of, say, mafia membership.
Deplorable though prejudice may be, its deplorableness is a moral, not a linguistic issue, and the author's proselytizing in behalf of liberty, freedom, and a number of other desirable features of life, though expressive, is inappropriate in a work purporting to deal with language.
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