Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a lamentable choice.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The choice was lamentable.”)
To lament something is to show that you feel very sad about it.
So, something lamentable is so regrettable or sorrowful that it inspires people to express their sadness over it.
lamentably; lament, lamented, lamenting; lamentation(s); lamenter(s)
How to use it:
You can be serious or sarcastic with "lamentable". (I feature it here because although it's so easy to understand, you might be able to put it to use more often.)
"Lamentable" often gets used fairly loosely as a synonym for "bad" or "unsatisfactory," but considering how its root comes from the Latin word for "weep," I'd suggest using it a bit stricter to talk about things that, seriously or sarcastically, make you cry.
So, to be serious, talk about lamentable losses, lamentable changes, lamentable situations and scenarios, etc.
And to be sarcastic, talk about lamentable design choices in a house, lamentable feather boas, lamentable toupees, and so on.
When the economy tanked, attendance at the learning center dropped by a lamentable 75%.
That property would actually be worth more without the lamentable above ground pool.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "lamentable" means when you can explain it without saying "regretful" or "saddening."
Think of a thing or place that you might like if its major problem could be resolved, and fill in the blanks: "I'd actually like _____ if not for its lamentable _____."
Example: "I'd actually like that restaurant if not for its lamentable service. Getting a refill is like asking for the moon, and the servers are just standing around."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now;let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month, we're reviewing recently featured words with some activities created with my favorite vocabulary software: Vocabulary Worksheet Factory, made by Schoolhouse Technologies. It's a simple, flexible program that lets you input word lists and definitions, then create customized, fun worksheets for review. We're starting off with very easy activities, then working our way toward harder reviews throughout the month.
Recall the words as you read their definitions. They will appear in alphabetical order.
Sean Bullock: "Stop looking for the perfect relationship and start looking for someone worth building a perfect relationship with."
1. The opposite of LAMENTABLE is
2. The project started with a lamentable lack of _____.
Answers are below.
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