Definition of decry
- the king may at any time decry … any coin of the kingdom
- —William Blackstone
- decry the emphasis on sex
- … has decried the medical marijuana ballot initiative as being rife with loopholes.
- —Dan Sweeney
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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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First Known Use: 1614See Words from the same year
: to say publicly and forcefully that you regard (something) as bad, wrong, etc.
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