Definition of decry
1 : to depreciate (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
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.
Origin and Etymology of decry
French décrier, from Old French decrier, from de- + crier to cry
First Known Use: 1614
Synonym Discussion of decry
DECRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of decry for English Language Learners
: to say publicly and forcefully that you regard (something) as bad, wrong, etc.
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