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.

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Halpern and Blistein decry the view of addiction as a moral failing instead of a disease and detail a long history of misguided and racist drug-enforcement efforts. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The History of Opium, Facing Up to Quantum Mechanics and Other New Science Books," 13 Sep. 2019 The candidates decried corporate money’s influence in the political process, but there was no mention of how the agricultural industry is increasingly dominated by a handful of companies who spend millions lobbying. Patricia Smith, The Conversation, "Top Democrats discussed ‘Medicare for All’ at Houston debate, but what about healthy food for all?," 13 Sep. 2019 Labor experts decried these as toothless organizations that would lack any leverage to negotiate. Carolyn Said,, "Uber circulates new gig-work bill as alternative to AB5," 9 Sep. 2019 Sewing was backed on stage Wednesday by Martin Zielke, head of rival Commerzbank, who decried the impact of the negative rates on banks’ profit margins. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Deutsche Bank’s CEO Takes on the European Central Bank: ‘Negative Rates Ruin the Financial System’," 4 Sep. 2019 The cause has been taken up by musicians, including Justin Bieber and Diddy, who decried Rocky’s detention and shared the petition on Instagram. New York Times, "ASAP Rocky to Remain in Jail in Sweden, as Protest Clamor Grows," 19 July 2019 Sanders is beloved by Trump supporters and a star in conservative media circles, but is far less popular with moderates and Democrats who have decried her combative attitude toward the media. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Sarah Huckabee Sanders End Up on Television?," 14 June 2019 Now Environmental groups have decried the move, and even powerful oil and gas companies including Shell have previously urged the Trump Administration to not rollback regulations. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "The Trump Administration Just Loosened Methane Emissions Rules. Here's What To Know," 31 Aug. 2019 Democrats have also decried the state's voter ID law and the botched attempt by former secretary of state David Whitley to challenge the citizenship of thousands of Texas voters. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Democrats say anti-Hispanic tone set by Trump, Texas lawmakers creates 'toxic environment'," 5 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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formal : to say publicly and forcefully that you regard (something) as bad, wrong, etc.

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