The priests of the Greek Church, on whom the rural population depend for instruction, are often deplorably ignorant.
The bravest of their warriors sometimes knew deplorably little about it; distinction on that field they cheerfully accorded to pious men like Ibn Mas`ud.
The energy with which it was undertaken was the more remarkable because elsewhere throughout the United Kingdom the prisons, with few exceptions, remained deplorably bad.
But the traditional methods of Roman administration were deplorably ineffective; on the accession of Gregory XVI.
Although the British Empire contains within itself every known species of railway enterprise, the study of railways and other means of transport, and their relation to the business, the commerce and the social life of the country, is deplorably backward.
Under such guides as these the lower clergy erred deplorably, and drunkenness, gross immorality, brawling and manslaughter were common occurrences in the lives of the parish priests.
It continued to suffer, sometimes deplorably, in most of the wars waged by Sweden, especially with Russia and Denmark.