If you’re wondering what to say when someone says “deplorable,” here are some alternatives:
The word deplorable has been around since the 16th century and came from the Latin verb deplore, meaning “to lament.” Its roots are the Latin prefix de, meaning “tow, entirely,” and the root plore. While deplorable may have been inspired by French deplorable, the word could have also come from the Late Latin deplorabilis.
In the English language, deplorable means reprehensible, contemptible, or sorrowful. This adjective has become wildly popular since the 2016 presidential election, as Hillary Clinton used it to describe half of the Trump supporters. However, the negative connotations of the word were used to deflect criticism of Clinton. As a result, Trump has taken this word to heart, repeatedly bringing it up in his political speeches.