verb (used with object), de·cried, de·cry·ing.
  1. to speak disparagingly of; denounce as faulty or worthless; express censure of: She decried the lack of support for the arts in this country.
  2. to condemn or depreciate by proclamation, as foreign or obsolete coins.

Origin of decry

1610–20; < French décrier, Old French descrier. See dis-1, cry
Related formsde·cri·er, nounun·de·cried, adjective
Can be confuseddecry descry

Synonyms for decry

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for decried

Contemporary Examples of decried

Historical Examples of decried

  • He decried me wherever he went, and wrote to his brethren to do the same.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon

    Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

  • Harpings in the bow of a vessel are decried as rendering the ship uneasy.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Here you be where good men have been sent to the block: have you decried their fates?

    Privy Seal

    Ford Madox Ford

  • He decried the prevalence of divorce, and the disintegration of the home.


    Evelyn Scott

  • From a radical point of view the centralization of the system was decried.

British Dictionary definitions for decried


verb -cries, -crying or -cried (tr)
  1. to express open disapproval of; disparage
  2. to depreciate by proclamationto decry obsolete coinage
Derived Formsdecrial, noundecrier, noun

Word Origin for decry

C17: from Old French descrier, from des- dis - 1 + crier to cry
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Word Origin and History for decried



1610s, from French decrier (14c.; Old French descrier "cry out, announce"), from de- "down, out" (see de-) + crier "to cry," from Latin quiritare (see cry (v.)). In English, the sense has been colored by the presumption that de- in this word means "down."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper