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[dih-krahy] /dɪˈkraɪ/
verb (used with object), decried, decrying.
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.
1610-20; < French décrier, Old French descrier. See dis-1, cry
Related forms
decrier, noun
undecried, adjective
Can be confused
decry, descry (see synonym study at the current entry)
1. belittle, disparage, discredit, depreciate, minimize. 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
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Examples from the web for decried
  • If there are cases in this enlightened period when it is violated, there are none when it is decried.
  • Critics decried the idea because they said it would crimp individuals' ability to play their media on devices of their choosing.
  • Others have decried the filling of such a prominent news position with a figure from the entertainment-journalism world.
  • The fifty-two other organizations in the chamber decried this as demagoguery.
  • Genuine ideological differences are now aired, rather than bitterly decried as betrayal or agitprop.
  • Many economists and foreign governments decried the provision as inefficient and jingoistic.
  • He was widely decried as incompetent, insensitive, or both.
  • He has decried the idea of an unending cycle of repentance for past wrongs.
  • Above all, he decried its relative autonomy and appointed a number of hostile bosses to impose his authority.
  • He has been alternately praised and decried as a cruel portraitist, but he can never be accused of showing mercy to himself.
British Dictionary definitions for decried


verb (transitive) -cries, -crying, -cried
to express open disapproval of; disparage
to depreciate by proclamation: to decry obsolete coinage
Derived Forms
decrial, noun
decrier, noun
Word Origin
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
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