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

decrier, noun
undecried, adjective

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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decry (dɪˈkraɪ)
vb , -cries, -crying, -cried
1.  to express open disapproval of; disparage
2.  to depreciate by proclamation: to decry obsolete coinage
[C17: from Old French descrier, from des-dis-1 + crier to cry]

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Word Origin & History

1617, from Fr. decrier, from O.Fr. descrier "cry out, announce," from de- "down, out" + crier "to cry." In Eng., the sense has been colored by the presumption that de- in this word means "down."
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