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tr.v. de·cried, de·cry·ing, de·cries
a. To condemn as wrong or reprehensible: "an editorial in which he decried the proliferation of cheap handguns" (Bill Turque).
b. To express disapproval of (a person); denounce: "I could not bear to hear my old nurse so decried" (Charles Dickens). See Synonyms at criticize.
2. To depreciate (currency, for example) by official proclamation or by rumor.
[French décrier, from Old French descrier : des-, de- + crier, to cry; see cry.]
vb (tr) , -cries, -crying or -cried
1. to express open disapproval of; disparage
2. (Economics) to depreciate by proclamation: to decry obsolete coinage.
[C17: from Old French descrier, from des- dis-1 + crier to cry]
v.t. -cried, -cry•ing.
1. to disparage openly.
2. to depreciate by proclamation, as coins.
[1610–20; < French décrier,]
syn: decry, denigrate, deprecate involve the expression of censure or disapproval. decry means to denounce or to express public disapproval of: to decry all forms of discrimination. denigrate means to defame or to sully the reputation or character of: to denigrate the memory of a ruler. deprecate means to express regretful disapproval of or to plead against: to deprecate a new policy.
Past participle: decried
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|Verb||1.||decry - express strong disapproval of; "We condemn the racism in South Africa"; "These ideas were reprobated"|
denounce - speak out against; "He denounced the Nazis"
verb condemn, blame, abuse, blast, flame (informal), denounce, put down, criticize, run down, discredit, censure, detract, denigrate, belittle, disparage, rail against, depreciate, tear into (informal), diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), lambast(e), traduce, excoriate, derogate, cry down, asperse He is impatient with those who decry the scheme.