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.
- de·cri·er, noun
- un·de·cried, adjective
- decry , descry
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How to use decry in a sentence
Critics have decried the app as casino-like and exploitive, arguing that it encourages reckless trading.Robinhood co-founder steps down as co-CEO, leaving Vlad Tenev as sole chief ahead of a rumored IPO | Jeff | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
He has decried “indoctrination” at public schools and supports “school choice” programs that direct funding toward private schools that are subject to less government scrutiny and transparency.Two Years Ago, a Factory Worker. Today, a Republican Star | Nick Fouriezos | November 19, 2020 | Ozy
Amid crisp, sunny weather and an eerie-feeling calm across the city, marchers set off from Union Station just before noon to decry those that organizers said were a threat to the nation’s democracy.D.C. streets tense but calm as ballots are counted | Marissa Lang, Emily Davies, Michael Ruane | November 4, 2020 | Washington Post
They decried the policy as an example of Google’s monopolistic power, with Paytm, a digital payments app and India’s largest tech unicorn, taking the lead in criticizing the American tech giant.Tech firms in India coalesce around a common foe: Google’s ‘monopoly’ | Grady McGregor | October 6, 2020 | Fortune
There are also news clips from the last several years where reporters decry the technology and report on some of its nefarious impacts.‘The Social Dilemma’ Will Freak You Out—But There’s More to the Story | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | September 29, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Soviet leaders had already decried the rescue mission as an act of imperialist aggression.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The American Academy of Pediatrics has decried it for decades.
Animal welfare advocates have decried these doping practices for years.
The restriction on the use of hands (decried by some soccer-objectors, including myself until we beat Ghana) is sensible.
The same president who decried the federal deficit and government in general but dramatically expanded American military spending.
But still their animosity went so far, that they decried each other as heretics, and indulged in mutual persecution.Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography. | Solomon Maimon
Now here was an oddity in a world of self-centred, acquisitive tradespeople: a dealer who decried her own wares.Adventures and Enthusiasms | E. V. Lucas
They are bent on his ruin, and however slight interest any one shows for his person, he is immediately decried as a heretic.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2 | J. H. Merle D'Aubign
To the Romish cantons, then, belongs the initiative of this measure so much decried.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV | J. H. Merle D'Aubign
Yet though he was a Confucianist, he decried the family system.The Pacific Triangle | Sydney Greenbie
British Dictionary definitions for decry
to express open disapproval of; disparage
to depreciate by proclamation: to decry obsolete coinage
- decrial, noun
- decrier, noun
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