de·​cry | \ di-ˈkrī How to pronounce decry (audio) , dē- \
decried; decrying

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

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decrier \ di-​ˈkrī(-​ə)r How to pronounce decry (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

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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

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 on the Web Although many may decry the quality and volume of these events and the health and safety concerns of the participants — Odom and Carter are both recovering addicts — there still appears to be an appetite across the board. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2021 Anti-vaccination activists were swift to decry the announcement. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 Which is why many shareholder representatives decry the virtual migration. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 1 June 2021 For example, when politicians decry the bitter partisanship in the Congress, students of history note that Sen. Charles Sumner was beaten by Rep. Preston Brooks with a cane on the floor of the Senate in 1856. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 31 May 2021 In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, a small group of San Diegans took to the streets of Carmel Valley last May to decry the killing and show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2021 Some scientists have used social media to decry the apparent contamination and some have denounced the aggressive response by Sputnik V’s backers, who were already under fire for releasing little data on the vaccine’s safety record. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, 30 Apr. 2021 The photo, showing bulbs and roots attached, prompted a member of the private group to decry the way they were pulled. Leanne Italie,, 28 Apr. 2021 The senators had gathered outside the state Capitol on Wednesday to decry the shooting deaths of a 3-year-old and a 16-year-old in Hartford last weekend. Christopher Keating,, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of decry

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decry

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

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 descry entry 1.

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11 Jun 2021

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“Decry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decry

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

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