decry [ dih-krahy ]
verb (used with object)
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 foreign or obsolete coins.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH DECRY
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WORDS RELATED TO DECRY
minimize, belittle, denounce, condemn, disgrace, undervalue, asperse, malign, slam, rap, vilify, traduce, reprehend, discredit, underestimate, depreciate, derogate, reprobate, hit, censure
SYNONYMS FOR DECRY
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1. belittle, disparage, discredit, depreciate, minimize.
SYNONYM STUDY FOR DECRY
Decry, denigrate, deprecate, derogate all involve the expression of censure or disapproval. Decry means to express one's vigorous disapproval of or to denounce: to decry all forms of discrimination. Denigrate means to speak damagingly of, to criticize in derogative terms: denigrating his works as trifling and poorly executed. Deprecate implies the expression of earnest, thoughtful disapproval: to deprecate a plan because of possible environmental damage. Derogate means to speak in such a way as to decrease the status, high quality, or good reputation of someone or something, making the person or object seem of less value: Fear of change makes them derogate every proposal put forth.
Origin: 1610–20; < French décrier, Old French descrier. See dis- , cry
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR DECRY
Asked about the Democratic agenda moving through Congress, Wright didn't decry anything in particular, but said the majority didn't have “Texas values” in mind.
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Several of the defense lawyers not only claim prosecutors have failed to make those cases, but they strongly decry the secretive one-judge grand jury process that led to the charges, a system unique to Michigan and rarely used in the state.
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Again and again, various people in the crowd decry those who are actually trying to do the violent work of breaching the building that the mob is pushing to enter.
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Democrats decried the campaign — which was to feature celebrities friendly to the president — as reelection propaganda.
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