deplorable

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deplorable

1. A derogatory term for a supporter of Donald Trump who is considered racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, etc. The term derives from a campaign speech given by Hillary Clinton, Trump's opponent in the 2016 US presidential election, in which she said half of his supporters could be put in a category she called "the basket of deplorables." These deplorables are ruining this country for everyone—including themselves.
2. An ironic self-identification adopted by some supporters of Donald Trump after Hillary Clinton, his opponent in the 2016 US presidential election, said in a campaign speech that half of his supporters could be put in a category she called "the basket of deplorables." We are proud deplorables who voted for President Trump, thank you very much.
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A passing caravan, on its way to Bagdad, told me where he was to be found, and I hurried to his rescue, and brought him in a deplorable condition back to the town.
He confirmed that the road was in a deplorable state, to the extent that commercial vehicles are unable to use it.
"I am also extremely disappointed that the health board's review of Mr M's care fell significantly short of what I regard as acceptable, as well as taking a deplorable length of time to respond to Ms A's complaint.
Brown added: "Now we know the full picture, we can sum this up as a deplorable set of events.