[ dih-krahy ]
/ dɪˈkraɪ /

verb (used with object), de·cried, de·cry·ing.

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

1610–20; < French décrier, Old French descrier. See dis-1, cry


de·cri·er, nounun·de·cried, adjective


decry descry

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decry

/ (dɪˈkraɪ) /

verb -cries, -crying or -cried (tr)

to express open disapproval of; disparage
to depreciate by proclamationto decry obsolete coinage

Derived forms of decry

decrial, noundecrier, noun

Word Origin for decry

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