decry

verb de·cry \ di-ˈkrī , dē- \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

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

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

borrowed from French décrier "to discredit, depreciate," going back to Middle French descrier (15th century), from des- de- + crier "to 1cry"
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 1descry.

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

Definition of decry for English Language Learners

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



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