Definition of decry
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
decrierplay \-ˈkrī(-ə)r\ noun
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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 of decry from the Web
Opposition lawmakers, academics and activists decry the willingness of debt investors to turn a blind eye to the chaos that’s overtaking Venezuela in exchange for interest payments on bonds, most of which trade at around 50 cents on the dollar.
Pediatricians and child welfare advocates were among dozens of people in a hearing to decry the bill, claiming it indeed served to prolong detention, harming children physically and psychologically.
Trump has repeatedly and angrily insisted that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, and has decried reports about the matter as false.
There is power in that, which should not be dismissed out of hand by those quick to decry cultural appropriation at every turn.
But since Trump doesn’t like those stories, those anonymous sources are decried as criminals or imaginary.
Leaders from the governor and mayor to members of Congress and faith organizations decried the violence and praised the good Samaritans who intervened.
Immigrant advocates have decried many of the arrests, especially those of immigrants without criminal histories.
Buy Nothing Day appeals to environmentalists, anti-consumerism groups and churches, which have long decried the commercialization of the holidays.
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Origin and Etymology of decry
French décrier, from Old French decrier, from de- + crier to cry
First Known Use: 1614See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of decry
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Definition of decry for English Language Learners
: to say publicly and forcefully that you regard (something) as bad, wrong, etc.
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