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 After plans were filed with the city — as first reported by GrowthSpotter — residents decried the project, arguing that the strain on roads and schools would be too much. Ryan Gillespie,, "Conway-area apartment proposal wins planning board approval despite concerns of traffic, schools and bald eagles," 20 Nov. 2019 Others decry the harsh conditions workers face in order to meet demand and the holiday’s environmental impact. The Economist, "One for the money," 16 Nov. 2019 Scorsese doesn’t so much lament the existence of such a corporatized and impersonal mode of production as decry its dominance. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Martin Scorsese Avenges the Auteur," 7 Nov. 2019 Hurst then decried the plight of white men in the United States. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Local lawmaker in Tennessee says he’s not prejudiced, but ‘a white male in this country has very few rights’," 22 Oct. 2019 After the deadly shooting last year in Dallas, police reported finding marijuana in the dead man’s apartment in what was decried by some as an attempt to smear the victim. Jake Bleiberg,, "Texas officer charged with murder in shooting of woman in her home released on bond; police chief says there is ‘absolutely no excuse’ for killing," 15 Oct. 2019 Yet the changes have been decried by some of the very users they were meant to aid, who view the metrics as an essential part of their experience. Wired, "Would the Internet Be Healthier Without 'Like' Counts?," 12 Sep. 2019 Since taking office, President Donald Trump, who campaigned on restricting immigration, has slashed the number of refugees allowed into the United States – decisions decried by human rights advocates and national security experts. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump administration eyes another cut to refugee program," 6 Sep. 2019 The very idea of the one percent, which Markovits uses throughout his book, was promoted by a populist movement widely decried by meritocrats who were frustrated that the protests lacked sophisticated policy solutions. Sarah Leonard, The New Republic, "The Fall of the Meritocracy," 5 Sep. 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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“Decry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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