de·​cry | \ di-ˈkrī How to pronounce decry (audio) , dē-\
decried; decrying

Definition of decry

transitive verb

1 : to depreciate (something, such as a coin) officially or publicly the king may at any time decry … any coin of the kingdom— William Blackstone
2 : to express strong disapproval of decry the emphasis on sex … has decried the medical marijuana ballot initiative as being rife with loopholes.— Dan Sweeney

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decrier \ di-​ˈkrī(-​ə)r How to pronounce decrier (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of decry in a Sentence

In her article, she decries the pollution of the environment by manufacturers. Violence on television is generally decried as harmful to children.
Recent Examples on the Web Republicans have decried Democrats' handling of the probe since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "House set to vote on Trump impeachment procedures," 31 Oct. 2019 Commentators over the past few years, including me, have decried the negative impacts of internet technology on social discourse. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: The internet has changed our lives for the better too," 25 Oct. 2019 Republicans, meanwhile, have decried the law as a partisan attack that assumes hypothetical pardons that may never be issued., "New York governor signs law aimed at foiling Trump pardons - The Boston Globe," 17 Oct. 2019 The unions have decried this as a threat to workers’ job security. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "One of India’s largest coal mines is flooded, spelling more bad news for domestic output," 3 Oct. 2019 The writers union also has decried the agencies’ growing business of financing and producing TV shows and movies, alleging that the practice creates conflicts of interest. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Endeavor lowers its IPO price range ahead of its market debut," 26 Sep. 2019 The ideas from Democrats range from ending requirements that bail be paid in cash — which opponents decry as a driver of unnecessary incarceration — to an end to the federal death penalty, which Trump recently reinstated. Elana Schor,, "Every top Democratic candidate for president wants to change criminal justice laws. Here’s how they would do it.," 10 Sep. 2019 Critics decried the move as an affront to the right to gather as enshrined in the city’s mini constitution. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Hong Kong begins rounding up high-profile pro-democracy activists," 30 Aug. 2019 Democrats decried the episode as an example of an ill-crafted law that forces Kaul to choose between violating attorneys' confidentiality rules or violating a state law requiring him to bring lawsuits to a committee subject to open government laws. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lame-duck fallout: State lawmakers met behind closed doors and they don't know why," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of decry

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decry

borrowed from French décrier "to discredit, depreciate," going back to Middle French descrier (15th century), from des- de- + crier "to cry entry 1"

Note: A supposed 13th-century French usage of descrier in the sense "to announce (the depreciation or suppression of a currency)," mentioned without citation in the Französisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, has never been found and should probably be disregarded. See also note at descry entry 1.

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English Language Learners Definition of decry

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

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