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
T.J. Smith, the Baltimore Police Department's chief spokesman, regularly holds news conferences decrying the violence that destroys lives nearly every day.
About 100 people gathered Monday evening in front of the federal courthouse in Mobile to show support for Obamacare and to decry the current Republican plan to replace it.
But Councilman Jeremy Rivas, D-2nd, decried the lack of transparency that's surrounded the plan.
Kennicott thus casts the 35th president as more of a college president, a leader who saw his role as rewarding excellence, and decrying mediocrity, in all departments, as distinct from actually enjoying the exhibits or the concerts.
Archeologists have decried the government’s overwhelming show of force against the militants, fearing their airstrikes and artillery fire could further damage the monuments.
Former President Barack Obama felt strongly enough about some of these issues to release a public statement on Facebook decrying the legislation.
However, while some outside the district will second-guess and decry what happened in the race as some larger indictment of the Democratic Party, most African-American consultants on the ground were not surprised.
Wilbur Ross and the many Goldman Sachs executives in the White House—despite Trump’s repeated stump speeches decrying Goldman and its influence on politics—
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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
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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