[ dih-krahy ]
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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

synonym study For decry

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.

Other words for decry

Other words from decry

  • de·cri·er, noun
  • un·de·cried, adjective

Words that may be confused with decry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use decry in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for decry


/ (dɪˈkraɪ) /

verb-cries, -crying or -cried (tr)
  1. to express open disapproval of; disparage

  2. to depreciate by proclamation: to decry obsolete coinage

Origin of decry

C17: from Old French descrier, from des- dis - 1 + crier to cry

Derived forms of decry

  • decrial, noun
  • decrier, noun

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