It is not fair, to cry down things which are harmless in themselves, because evil-disposed men may turn them to bad account.
To decry is to cry down, in some noisy, public, or conspicuous manner.
Did you ever hear of a grocery man endeavoring to cry down that which he wished you to buy?
I only know that they will all cry down the next ministry when this one is destroyed.
She tried to lean out and cry down to him, to wave her hands to him with warning as she had often done with joy.
There came a cry down the platform: "En voiture, messieurs!"
I speak this, not to cry down extempore prayer, or to discourage those who really pray by the Spirit.
It was to their interest to cry down the equivalence of silver; they paid less and received more.
If you were here I think we could cry down each other's necks, as in your dream.
But just this manifest truth, the Teutomaniacs and sophists, suddenly developed into bigots, sought to obscure and cry down.
early 13c., "beg, implore," from Old French crier, from Vulgar Latin *critare, from Latin quiritare "to wail, shriek" (source of Italian gridare, Old Spanish cridar, Spanish and Portuguese gritar), of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of quirritare "to squeal like a pig," from *quis, echoic of squealing, despite ancient folk etymology that traces it to "call for the help of the Quirites," the Roman constabulary. The meaning was extended 13c. to weep, which it largely replaced by 16c. Related: Cried; crying.
Most languages, in common with English, use the general word for "cry out, shout, wail" to also mean "weep, shed tears to express pain or grief." Romance and Slavic, however, use words for this whose ultimate meaning is "beat (the breast)," cf. French pleurer, Spanish llorar, both from Latin plorare "cry aloud," but probably originally plodere "beat, clap the hands." Also Italian piangere (cognate with French plaindre "lament, pity") from Latin plangere, originally "beat," but especially of the breast, as a sign of grief. U.S. colloquial for crying out loud is 1924, probably another euphemism for for Christ's sake.
late 13c., from cry (v.).