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decry

[dih-krahy] /dɪˈkraɪ/
verb (used with object), decried, decrying.
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.
Origin
1610-1620
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)
Synonyms
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.
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  • He decries the criticism he has seen and heard about the plan.
  • Go look back through his blog posts and see how often he questions or decries government policies.
  • It captures the essence of a creed that so often decries change, but has proved remarkably adept at surviving it.
British Dictionary definitions for decries

decry

/dɪˈkraɪ/
verb (transitive) -cries, -crying, -cried
1.
to express open disapproval of; disparage
2.
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 decries

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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