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decry

[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.
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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

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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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Related Words for decry

minimize, belittle, denounce, condemn, disgrace, undervalue, asperse, malign, slam, rap, vilify, traduce, reprehend, discredit, underestimate, depreciate, derogate, reprobate, hit, censure

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Historical Examples of decry

  • 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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for decry

decry

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

v.

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."

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