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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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  • Summers is decrying the lapse in payments, not defending it.
  • Legions of tea-party protesters are decrying bailouts for deadbeats and the soaring national debt.
  • Except that it won't be our grandchildren decrying this exploitation.
  • It is always amusing when someone declares a solution must be found while decrying any possibility of finding one.
  • The decrying of the inevitable pullout by any political party is merely hypocritical posturing.
  • At a time when the headlines were decrying the lack of available funds.
  • There is a large store of wisdom decrying the human penchant for responding to pain by inflicting yet more of it.
  • The film's final images speak for themselves in decrying the senseless carnage.
  • He goes so far as to insult it by decrying it as a regress to polytheism.
  • Only then it was headlines decrying frivolous lawsuits.
British Dictionary definitions for decrying


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 decrying



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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