Causing sorrow or regret
The institution had fallen into a state of lamentable inefficiency.
Portugal in a lamentable state of decadence which dated from the preceding age.
It remains a lamentable fact that Sixtus IV.
In the summer of 1850, however, a lamentable accidenta fall from his horsedeprived the country of the services of its great statesman.
The subject was referred to many committees for inquiry, and it was shown that there was a lamentable want of uniformity in the enforcement of legal penalties.