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decry

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verb de·cry \di-ˈkrī, dē-\

Simple Definition of decry

  • : to say publicly and forcefully that you regard (something) as bad, wrong, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of decry

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to depreciate (as a coin) officially or publicly

  3. 2 :  to express strong disapproval of <decry the emphasis on sex>

decrier

play \-ˈkrī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of decry in a sentence

  1. In her article, she decries the pollution of the environment by manufacturers.

  2. Violence on television is generally decried as harmful to children.



Origin and Etymology of decry

French décrier, from Old French decrier, from de- + crier to cry


First Known Use: 1614

Synonym Discussion of decry

decry, depreciate, disparage, belittle mean to express a low opinion of. decry implies open condemnation with intent to discredit <decried their defeatist attitude>. depreciate implies a representing as being of less value than commonly believed <critics depreciate his plays for being unabashedly sentimental>. disparage implies depreciation by indirect means such as slighting or invidious comparison <disparaged polo as a game for the rich>. belittle usually suggests a contemptuous or envious attitude <belittled the achievements of others>.


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