Decry

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 decry — decry, depreciate, disparage, derogate, detract, belittle, minimize mean to write, speak, or otherwise indicate one s feeling in regard to something in such a way as to reveal one s low opinion of it. Decry implies open or public condemnation or… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 decry — decry, descry are related in origin but now have widely different meanings. To decry something is to disparage or deplore it • (She decries the spread of tower blocks and the failure to turn derelict sites into green spaces Evening Standard,… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 decry — [dē krī′] vt. decried, decrying [Fr décrier < OFr descrier: see DE & CRY] 1. to speak out against strongly and openly; denounce [to decry religious intolerance] 2. to depreciate (money, etc.) officially SYN. DISPARAGE decrial …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 decry — I verb admonish, be unable to respect, belittle, berate, bring discredit on, bring into disrepute, censure, censure as faulty, clamor against, condemn, condemn as worthless, contemn, criticize, cry down, cry out against, declaim against, degrade …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 decry — 1610s, from Fr. decrier (14c.; O.Fr. descrier cry out, announce ), from de down, out (see DE (Cf. de )) + crier to cry. In English, the sense has been colored by the presumption that de in this word means down …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 decry — [v] criticize, blame abuse, asperse, badmouth*, belittle, calumniate, censure, condemn, cry down, defame, denounce, depreciate, derogate, detract, devalue, diminish, discount, discredit, disgrace, disparage, do a number on*, downgrade, dump on*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 decry — ► VERB (decries, decried) ▪ publicly denounce. DERIVATIVES decrier noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «decrease the value of coins by royal proclamation»: from French décrier cry down …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 decry — transitive verb Etymology: French décrier, from Old French decrier, from de + crier to cry Date: 1614 1. to depreciate (as a coin) officially or publicly 2. to express strong disapproval of < decry the …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 decry — decrier, n. /di kruy /, v.t., decried, decrying. 1. to speak disparagingly of; denounce as faulty or worthless; express censure of: She decried the lack of support for the arts in this country. 2. to condemn or depreciate by proclamation, as… …

    Universalium

  • 11 decry — de•cry [[t]dɪˈkraɪ[/t]] v. t. cried, cry•ing 1) to disparage openly 2) to depreciate by proclamation, as coins • Etymology: 1610–20; < F décrier, de•cri′al, n. de•cri′er, n. syn: decry, denigrate, deprecate involve the expression of censure or …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 decry — UK [dɪˈkraɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms decry : present tense I/you/we/they decry he/she/it decries present participle decrying past tense decried past participle decried formal to say publicly that you do not approve of someone or… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 decry — verb a) To denounce as harmful. All of us seem to need some totalistic relationships in our lives. But to decry the fact that we cannot have only such relationships is nonsense. b) To blame for ills. While decrying bureaucracy and demanding… …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 decry — [[t]dɪkra͟ɪ[/t]] decries, decrying, decried VERB If someone decries an idea or action, they criticize it strongly. [FORMAL] [V n] He is impatient with those who decry the scheme... [V n as n] Anyone who decries this as a waste of money should… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 decry — To cry down; to deprive of credit; to deprecate, disparage or belittle. The king may at any time decry or cry down any coin of the kingdom, and make it no longer current. 1 Bl.Comm. 278 …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 16 decry — To discredit; to cry down. Blackstone said that the king of England might at any time decry, or cry down, any coin of the kingdom, and thus make it no longer current. See 1 Bl Comm 278 …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 17 decry — Synonyms and related words: abuse, accuse, anathematize, anathemize, animadvert on, arraign, asperse, belittle, blame, bring down, bring into discredit, bring low, call to account, calumniate, cast blame upon, cast reflection upon, censure,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 decry — v. (formal) (K) she decried their gambling and drinking * * * [dɪ kraɪ] (formal) (K) she decried their gambling and drinking …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 decry — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. blame, censure. See disapprobation. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. criticize, depreciate, discredit, denounce; see censure , depreciate 2 . See Synonym Study at depreciate . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 decry — de|cry [dıˈkraı] v past tense and past participle decried present participle decrying third person singular decries [T] [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: décrier to cry down ] formal to state publicly that you do not approve of something =… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English