Definition of decry in English:

decry

Syllabification: de·cry
Pronunciation: /dəˈkrī
 
/

verb (decries, decrying, decried)

[with object]
Publicly denounce: they decried human rights abuses
More example sentences
  • Then she's at a public hearing, decrying the woman who dared to take her husband to task for sexually abusing their daughters.
  • He decried it as an attack on the international working class, and encouraged all workers to refuse to go.
  • Then they will decry human rights abuses in other countries.
Synonyms
denounce, condemn, criticize, censure, attack, rail against, run down, pillory, lambaste, vilify, revile; disparage, deprecate, cast aspersions on
informal slam, blast, knock

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'decrease the value of coins by royal proclamation'): from de- 'down' + cry, on the pattern of French décrier 'cry down'.

Derivatives

decrier

noun
More example sentences
  • These theological doubters and decriers had questioned John the Baptist about the validity of his mission.
  • Sadly, I now have more sympathy for the average embattled professional than his or her decrier.
  • The decriers of greed, privilege, and degeneracy and champions of economic equality are forcefully rebutted in turn.

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