decry

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verb de·cry \ di-ˈkrī , dē- \

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

decrier

play \-ˈkrī(-ə)r\ noun

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Examples of decry in a Sentence

  1. In her article, she decries the pollution of the environment by manufacturers.

  2. Violence on television is generally decried as harmful to children.

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Origin and Etymology of decry

French décrier, from Old French decrier, from de- + crier to cry

Synonym Discussion of 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

DECRY Defined for English Language Learners

decry

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Definition of decry for English Language Learners

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



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