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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.
Origin of decry
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 decry
  • Frequently, critics use the mode to accuse which they decry.
  • Bosses are especially quick to decry the market's obsession with quarterly earnings figures.
  • Scientists and others decry fuzzy thinking and inaccuracy of wording.
  • It is a difficult thing to rise up and decry those traditions and symbols that have become national customs.
  • Euro-zone leaders decry the financial engineering that sparked the banking crisis.
  • There are groups that decry attacks on the short, the fat, the ugly and the bald.
  • Libertarians decry protectionism, inefficient bureaucracy and inexplicable tax schemes.
  • It's easy to decry each individual instance of misconduct.
  • Bonus points for those who decry them and explain why they're a pox upon our dining scene.
  • It is hardly surprising that a green lobby group should decry the practices of the logging industry.
British Dictionary definitions for decry


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 decry

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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