- 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 decry
But their officers and shareholders do get hit up by the very same politicians who decry corporate involvement in politics.
So when Democrats decry money in politics are they really being serious, or are they just posturing?
A growing chorus of voices has joined together to decry this idea.The Rise and Fall of the Infamous SarcMark
September 24, 2013
Woodson went on to decry those “corrupt” black politicians who were responsible for this as “moral traitors.”Comedy of Errors at the Republicans’ March on Washington Celebration
August 27, 2013
The senator is just the latest public figure to decry student use of so-called study drugs without a formal diagnosis.Study Drugs Under Fire: Can Chuck Schumer Stop ‘Academic Doping’?
June 18, 2013
How often, prythee, have you been in these playhouses which you are so ready to decry?'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Not that we wish to decry England; on the contrary, we would like to return there.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
To glorify labor and decry wealth is to multiply absurdities.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
To decry is to cry down, in some noisy, public, or conspicuous manner.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
I do and will defend them: it is the fashion to decry them now.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
- 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 decry
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