- to speak disparagingly of; denounce as faulty or worthless; express censure of: She decried the lack of support for the arts in this country.
- to condemn or depreciate by proclamation, as foreign or obsolete coins.
Origin of decry
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1. belittle, disparage, discredit, depreciate, minimize.
1. Decry, denigrate, deprecate, derogate all involve the expression of censure or disapproval. Decry means to express one's vigorous disapproval of or to denounce: to decry all forms of discrimination. Denigrate means to speak damagingly of, to criticize in derogative terms: denigrating his works as trifling and poorly executed. Deprecate implies the expression of earnest, thoughtful disapproval: to deprecate a plan because of possible environmental damage. Derogate means to speak in such a way as to decrease the status, high quality, or good reputation of someone or something, making the person or object seem of less value: Fear of change makes them derogate every proposal put forth.
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Examples from the Web for decries
The apps, which Badasyan decries, have their own subtleties.Sex-Crazed Narcissist Pretends He's an Artist
August 20, 2014
For audiences outside of the Court, the angry and aggressive approach that Murphy decries might be particularly effective.The Outside Game of Justice Scalia, a Loner With Clout
June 16, 2014
He decries the search for “velvet-jacketed Bond villains” hatching a “malevolent plan.”The Utterly Pointless First World War
Michael F. Bishop
May 22, 2013
So Romney has a secret plan to slash taxes without boosting the deficit he decries?Why President Obama, Despite Scoring Points, Fell Flat in the Denver Debate
October 4, 2012
The Associated Press reports that the president “decries the personal attacks” on her.Will Sandra Fluke Sue Rush Limbaugh?
March 3, 2012
It is by arguing from its abuse, that he decries this enchanting talent.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
The women extol and Salam decries the goods on offer; both praise Allah.Morocco
And who ever read Thackeray without feeling the greatest longing to see the world which he decries?Rutledge
Miriam Coles Harris
In doing so he belies his own nature, decries his countrymen, and disparages his religion.Bonaparte in Egypt and the Egyptians of To-day
Haji A. Browne
Countess, here is the man who counts all equal under the sun, who decries class, and recognises no social distinctions.The Yellow Crayon
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- to express open disapproval of; disparage
- to depreciate by proclamationto decry obsolete coinage
C17: from Old French descrier, from des- dis - 1 + crier to cry
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Word Origin and History for decries
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