decry

verb
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from decry

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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

The endless parade of media images and tweetstorms decrying border-detention conditions rise and fall with the news cycle. BostonGlobe.com, "At Mass MoCA, an artist’s border wall rises to meet America’s divisive history - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 Later, Leeds themselves released a statement acknowledging the sanctions, but decrying the severity of the punishment. SI.com, "Leeds United's Jordan Stevens Hit With 6-Week Ban Following Breach of Betting Regulations," 10 Sep. 2019 But after about a month, signs decrying the barking of those dogs began appearing around the park. Jessica Contrera, chicagotribune.com, "Maryland dog park divides the rich and powerful," 6 Sep. 2019 But after about a month, signs decrying the barking of those dogs began appearing around the park. Jessica Contrera, baltimoresun.com, "‘NO EXCESSIVE BARKING’: A Maryland dog park divides the rich and powerful," 28 Aug. 2019 And while virtually all the candidates decried the rhetoric coming out of the White House, Bill Weld, the former Massachusetts governor who is running as a Republican, was perhaps the hardest on Trump. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Presidential candidates send strong message to black voters at NAACP convention," 24 July 2019 Though conservatives decried the decision, Stevens defended it as an exercise of judicial restraint, a conservative legal principle. oregonlive, "John Paul Stevens, longtime leader of Supreme Court’s liberal wing, dies at 99," 16 July 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'decry.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about decry

Listen to Our Podcast about decry

Statistics for decry

Last Updated

3 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for decry

The first known use of decry was in 1614

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for decry

decry

verb

English Language Learners Definition of decry

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on decry

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with decry

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for decry

Spanish Central: Translation of decry

Nglish: Translation of decry for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of decry for Arabic Speakers

Comments on decry

What made you want to look up decry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

friendly or mild

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!