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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.]
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