October 18, 2021

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Word of the Day: lamentable

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: bad or unfortunate, deserving of regret

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The word lamentable has appeared in 11 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 21 in “Madrid Opera Shut Down by Audience Angry at Crowding in Cheap Seats” by Raphael Minder:

On Sunday, a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” at the Teatro Real was canceled after spectators spent more than an hour shouting and clapping to protest against what they said were insufficient social distancing measures in the opera house’s mezzanine levels. Photos and videos shared on social media showed filled rows in the upper sections of the house, in contrast to the orchestra level of the auditorium, where spectators were separated by vacant seats.

… The Teatro Real spokeswoman said the opera house would investigate what she called “a lamentable incident.” In the future, spectators will be offered to relocate before the start of the performance, if it is clear that there are other sections that are less crowded, she added.

Can you correctly use the word lamentable in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

Then, read some of the other sentences students have submitted and use the “Recommend” button to vote for two original sentences that stand out to you.

If you want a better idea of how lamentable can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on Vocabulary.com.

Students ages 13 and older in the United States and the United Kingdom, and 16 and older elsewhere, can comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff.

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