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decry

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of decry

  1. 1 to express scornfully one's low opinion of scientists were quick to decry the claims of the psychic Synonyms of decry bad-mouth, belittle, cry down, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, diminish, dis (also diss) [slang], discount, dismiss, disparage, kiss off, minimize, play down, poor-mouth, put down, run down, talk down, trash, trash-talk, vilipend, write off Words Related to decry discommend; abuse, scold; disapprove (of), dislike; censure, condemn, criticize, denounce, reprehend, reprobate; asperse, defame, malign, rip, slander, slur, traduce, vilify; discredit, disgrace Phrases dump on Near Antonyms of decry approve, countenance, endorse (also indorse), favor, recommend, sanction; commend, compliment, eulogize Antonyms of decry acclaim, applaud, exalt, extol (also extoll), glorify, laud, magnify, praise

  2. 2 to declare to be morally wrong or evil a statement by the church decrying modern society's liberal attitude regarding marriage and divorce Synonyms of decry anathematize, censure, damn, condemn, denounce, execrate, reprehend, reprobateWords Related to decry attack, blame, blast, criticize, dis (also diss) [slang], dispraise, fault, knock, pan, slam; belittle, deprecate, disparage; doom, sentence; convict; blacklist, excommunicate, ostracize; castigate, chastise, rebuke, reprimand, reproach; admonish, chide, reprove; berate, lambaste (or lambast), rake, scold, upbraid, vituperate; curse, imprecate; abhor, abominate, detest, hate, loathe, revileNear Antonyms of decry approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; eulogize, exalt, extol (also extoll), glorify, laud, praise; acclaim, applaud, commend, hail, salute, tout; consecrate, hallow, sanctify; honor, revere, venerateAntonyms of decry bless

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


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