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1 to express scornfully one's low opinion of
  • scientists were quick to decry the claims of the psychic

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2 to declare to be morally wrong or evil
  • a statement by the church decrying modern society's liberal attitude regarding marriage and divorce

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How does the verb decry contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of decry are belittle, depreciate, and disparage. While all these words mean "to express a low opinion of," decry implies open condemnation with intent to discredit.

decried their defeatist attitude

In what contexts can belittle take the place of decry?

The words belittle and decry are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, belittle usually suggests a contemptuous or envious attitude.

belittled the achievements of others

Where would depreciate be a reasonable alternative to decry?

The words depreciate and decry can be used in similar contexts, but depreciate implies a representing as being of less value than commonly believed.

critics depreciate his plays for being unabashedly sentimental

When would disparage be a good substitute for decry?

Although the words disparage and decry have much in common, disparage implies depreciation by indirect means such as slighting or invidious comparison.

disparaged polo as a game for the rich

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The first known use of decry was in 1614

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“Decry.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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