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Decry

Decry \De*cry"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decried; p. pr. & vb. n. Decrying.] [F. d['e]crier, OF. descrier; pref. des- (L. dis-) + crier to cry. See Cry, and cf. Descry.] To cry down; to censure as faulty, mean, or worthless; to clamor against; to blame clamorously; to discredit; to disparage.

For small errors they whole plays decry.
--Dryden.

Measures which are extolled by one half of the kingdom are naturally decried by the other.
--Addison.

Syn: To Decry, Depreciate, Detract, Disparage.

Usage: Decry and depreciate refer to the estimation of a thing, the former seeking to lower its value by clamorous censure, the latter by representing it as of little worth. Detract and disparage also refer to merit or value, which the former assails with caviling, insinuation, etc., while the latter willfully underrates and seeks to degrade it. Men decry their rivals and depreciate their measures. The envious detract from the merit of a good action, and disparage the motives of him who performs it.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

decry

verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Loisel decried the election results.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And baseball will certainly have more critics ready to decry well-heeled owners buying pennants.
▪ In organizations with scarce resources political activity is inevitable and only the naive decry it.
▪ Others may decry competitions for their tendency to emphasize technique over artistry, conformity over originality.
▪ Thus fortified, the Webbs decried both Owen and Marx for depending on the labour theory of value.
▪ Whatever may be said about Ecclesiastes - and many things have been said about him - he decried traditional wisdom.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

decry

1610s, from French decrier (14c.; Old French descrier "cry out, announce"), from de- "down, out" (see de-) + crier "to cry," from Latin quiritare (see cry (v.)). In English, the sense has been colored by the presumption that de- in this word means "down."

WordNet

decry

  1. v. express strong disapproval of; "We condemn the racism in South Africa"; "These ideas were reprobated" [syn: condemn, reprobate, objurgate, excoriate]

  2. [also: decried]

Wiktionary

decry

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To denounce as harmful. 2 (context transitive English) To blame for ills.

Usage examples of "decry".

Instead of worrying about his wife, he tried to review in his memory an article by an orthopedist decrying the effects of shoes that forced the foot to strike with high impact on the calcaneus at each step and the further skeletal deterioration caused by leather soles and hard rubber heels.

Mopsa, my fostermother, that, being a wise-woman, fools decry as witch, and my ten grave and learned guardians have banished therefor?

The Galenists were bitterly decrying his refusal to accept Galen on many points, and both of these works would have added fuel to the flame of controversy.

The architecture is Modern Neoclassic, which the best architects decry with some justice, but which is the closest approach in stainless steel, glass and planed limestone to that Grecian ideal which has been irrevocably planted in the human mind as the proper form of a public building.

Willie Atkins, decried with a look at Ty, who had been dubbed Montana by his mostly southern roommates.

I believe there is a far more intelligent and presumption-free debate going on in the decried science fiction genre than in many of the so-called conscious and, for most people, incomprehensible, cultural magazines that are embraced with such great benevolence by the critics.

He said a few words about there being a tide in the affairs of men, going with the flow, life as a river, the fount of all knowledge, sinners being pond scum, and brooking no arguments from any outsiders who decried the methods of the Soulhaven Retreat and Starchild Immersionarium because such drips were spiritual wet blankets.

With what Equity, Chiromantical conjecturers decry these decussations in the Lines and Mounts of the hand?

Barry wanted me to have the editorial decrying the mall's contribution to materialism.

Never before had he grown so hard so fast, and he ground against her, driving his aching stiffness into the softness between her legs, decrying the clothes that stood between them.

Usually, when I come to him with these little requests of mine, he makes heavy weather of it, decrying its difficulties.

His opponents were portrayed in grainy black-and-white, overlaid with tabloid-type headlines decrying their perfidy.

And while the abilities of the nine-hundredth abridger of the History of England, or of the man who collects and publishes in a volume some dozen lines of Milton, Pope, and Prior, with a paper from the Spectator, and a chapter from Sterne, are eulogized by a thousand pens -- there seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them.

I can show you the personal diary of Marcus Antonius, senior Centurion of the Fourteenth Roman Legion, one of the most cold-blooded killers you'd ever hate to meet, who decried in his personal writings the fact that humans were so often at odds when they should be combining their forces against the Darhel, the Old Ones as he knew them.

She will have the job of guarding against the excesses of cultural imperialism you decried so effectively.