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Lamentable Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    lamentable adj
  1. an archaic word for mournful; "tell thou the lamentable tale of me, And send the hearers weeping to their beds"- Shakespeare
  2. bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state"; "a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a sorry state of affairs" [syn: deplorable, distressing, pitiful, sad, sorry]
Lamentable Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Lamentable \Lam"en*ta*ble\, a. [L. lamentabilis : cf. F. lamentable.]
  1. Mourning; sorrowful; expressing grief; as, a lamentable countenance. ``Lamentable eye.'' --Spenser.
  2. Fitted to awaken lament; to be lamented; sorrowful; pitiable; as, a lamentable misfortune, or error. ``Lamentable helplessness.'' --Burke.
  3. Miserable; pitiful; paltry; -- in a contemptuous or ridiculous sense. --Bp. Stillingfleet. -- Lam"en*ta*ble*ness, n. -- Lam"en*ta*bly, adv.
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    * Happiness is the only sanction of life where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment. - George Santayana


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