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1. Demanding or requiring action or attention: a crying need.
2. Abominable; reprehensible: a crying shame.
(prenominal) notorious; lamentable (esp in the phrase crying shame)
1. demanding attention or remedy: a crying evil.
2. abominable; flagrant: a crying shame.
- Bawling like sick monkeys —Henry Miller
- Cried naggingly, half-heartedly, like the grinding of a non-starting engine that has drained its battery —John Updike
- Cries out like an Arab, high wails like a dog or human in terrible pain. It rises and falls like sirens going by —Robert Campbell
- Cry, hopelessly and passively, like a child in a dentist’s waiting room —William Faulkner
- Cry like a rain-water spout in a shower —Charles Dickens
- Crying … muffled, like faraway nighttime waves —Z. Vance Wilson
- Crying out like an abandoned infant —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- (Gave a) cry like a startled sea gull —Oscar Wilde
- Her eyes [when she wept] were like syphon bottles under pressure —Erich Maria Remarque
- Her sob broke like a bubble on a pink geranium —John Malcolm Brinnin
See Also: DISINTEGRATION
- Kept on crying … like persistent rain —Elizabeth Spencer
- Like a waterpot I weep —A Broken-Hearted Gardener, anonymous nineteenth century verse
- A sad crying, like the birds going south for the winter to come —Ray Bradbury
- The shrill cry of the new-born … like the sound of the blade of a skate on ice —Angela Carter
- Sobbed … like an abandoned child —Maurice Hewlett
- A sob broke the surface like a bubble of air from the bottom of a pond —Sue Grafton
- Sobs … died off softly, like the intermittent drops that end a day of rain —Edith Wharton
- Sobs laboring like stones from her heaving breast —James Crumley
- Sobs rippled like convulsions through her slim body —James Crumley
- Thin cry [of a bluebird] like a needle piercing the ear —Theodore Roethke
- Wailed like an uneasy animal in pain —Kenneth Grahame
- Weeping like a calf —Francois Maspero
- Weeping raw as an open sausage —A. D. Winans
- Wept like a fountain —Erich Maria Remarque
- Wept like a gutter on a rainy day —Guy de Maupassant
- Wept like a woman deceived and forsaken by a lover —George Garrett
- Whimpers like a hurt dog —Robin McCorquodale
- Whine, as unctuous as old bacon grease —James Crumley
- (The twangy voice was beginning to) whine like a loosening guitar string —François Camoin
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|Noun||1.||crying - the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds); "I hate to hear the crying of a child"; "she was in tears"|
|Adj.||1.||crying - demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need"|
imperative - requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
|2.||crying - conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery"|
conspicuous - obvious to the eye or mind; "a tower conspicuous at a great distance"; "wore conspicuous neckties"; "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening"