Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inspiring or deserving of lament or regret; deplorable or pitiable. synonym: pathetic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bo lamented; exciting or calling for sorrow; grievous: as, a lamentable deterioration of morals.
  • Expressive of grief; mournful: as, a lamentable cry.
  • Miserable; pitiful; low; poor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Archaic Mourning; sorrowful; expressing grief.
  • adjective Fitted to awaken lament; to be lamented; sorrowful; pitiable; regrettable; unfortunate.
  • adjective Miserable; pitiful; paltry; -- in a contemptuous or ridiculous sense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Causing sorrow, distress or regret; deplorable, pitiful or distressing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective bad; unfortunate

Etymologies

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From Latin lāmentābilis ("full of sorrow, mournful; deplorable"), from lāmentor ("lament"), from lāmenta ("wailing, weeping").

Examples

  • She pointed to what she called lamentable living standards and unbelievable corruption in this country that supplies the U.S. with crude oil.

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  • Hence what she describes as the lamentable four-year period of "apostasy" forced upon Shakespeare after The Merchant of Venice, during which he was obliged to abandon or temper his "elegantly encrypted appeals" before returning to them with a difference in Julius Caesar.

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  • The children were crying with hunger in lamentable fashion.

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  • Viewed as it stood in the reality, as he was and as it was, the enterprise, since it proved so unfortunate, may be called lamentable, but cannot be called unnatural.

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  • It was a painting, impregnated with ancient mysticism, representing the figure of Jesus with eyes closed, forehead bloody, expression lamentable and dead; the head seemed to be cut off, separated from the body, and placed there on a gray linen cloth.

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  • Last week's Hoon-Hewitt coup has been described as a lamentable failure.

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  • Last week's Hoon-Hewitt coup has been described as a lamentable failure.

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  • Last week's Hoon-Hewitt coup has been described as a lamentable failure.

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  • He also pointed out the damage always caused by internal friction in the nation's sports administration, describing as lamentable a situation where the ministry and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are always at loggerheads in the build-up to major competitions.

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  • British manufacturing activity rose to its highest level in more than two years in December, buoyed by a sharp jump in new orders, a closely watched survey showed Last week's Hoon-Hewitt coup has been described as a lamentable failure.

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