• WordNet 3.6
    • v decry express strong disapproval of "We condemn the racism in South Africa","These ideas were reprobated"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Decry To cry down; to censure as faulty, mean, or worthless; to clamor against; to blame clamorously; to discredit; to disparage. "For small errors they whole plays decry .""Measures which are extolled by one half of the kingdom are naturally decried by the other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • decry To cry down; speak disparagingly of; censure as faulty or worthless; clamor against: as, to decry a poem.
    • decry To deprive of credit officially.
    • decry Synonyms Decry, Depreciate, Detract from, Derogate from, Disparage, run down, discredit. These words agree in expressing an effort to lower the esteem in which a person or thing is held. If the effort is unjust, the injustice is not so conspicuous as in the words compared under asperse. Decry, to cry down, clamor against, implies activity and publicity; it is hardly applicable to persons. Depreciate, primarily to lower the value of, is less forcible than decry, and may apply to persons. Detract from and derogate from have almost precisely the same meaning—to take from or diminish repute, as by caviling, ascribing success to accident, good conduct to low motives, etc. Disparage, to make a thing unequal to what it was in repute; under-rate. The last four need not have a personal subject: as, it would derogate very much from his standing; it would disparage him in public estimation if it were known.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Decry de-krī′ to cry down: to condemn: to censure as worthless: to blame
    • pa.p Decry decried′
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  • Adlai E. Stevenson
    “Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. décrier, OF. descrier,; pref. des-,L. dis-,) + crier, to cry. See Cry, and cf. Descry


In literature:

Decried it may be; but it will not be denied.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
To beguile the time I took up a volume near me, the work of a much decried poet, Walt Whitman.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Yet, Fuller himself decried this kind of thing as a trick, no art.
"Books and Authors" by Anonymous
There is much I must decry.
"The Truth About America" by Edward Money
Our army officers, who are not decried as Socialists and Communists, act on a similar plan.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
Still, the cynics are wrong in decrying the eagerness to buy painters who are in fashion.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
Those who have a taste for hearing missions, Protestant or Catholic, decried, must seek their pleasure elsewhere than in my pages.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She knew that she had decried him.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
She criticises all men, from the prince to the pauper, but not women, since these have been sufficiently criticised and decried.
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
And, I assure you, I had no intention of sneering at poor Carson or of decrying his work.
"The Red Symbol" by John Ironside

In poetry:

Which, Reader, will you most decry,
A dirty truth, or polish'd lie?
Leave it to me, and never fear,
I'll not offend the nicest ear.
"Lord Chesterfield And The Tinker" by William Hutton
Even from the common voice;
From those whose envy, daring not dispute
The wonders it decries, attributes them
To magic and such folly.
"Paracelsus: Part III: Paracelsus" by Robert Browning
"I do well to be angry, even unto death,"
To denounce, to decry with unfaltering breath,
To lift up my voice, cry aloud, and not spare,
A fiend—yea, a legion are with us, beware!
"The Demon Drink!" by Janet Hamilton
I have peace to weigh your worth, now all is over,
But if to praise or blame you, cannot say.
For, who decries the loved, decries the lover;
Yet what man lauds the thing he's thrown away?
"He Wonders Whether To Praise Or To Blame Her" by Rupert Brooke
Tho' the sober shake the head,
And drink water, boys, instead,
And the foolish all strong liquors do decry;
Yet the foaming glass for me,
May we never, never see
A friend without a draught when dry.
"The Drunkard’s Song" by John Hartley
Swift down the mad dance, while blest health prompts to move,
We'll count joys to come, and exchange Vows of truth;
And haply when Age cools the transports of Love,
Decry, like good folks, the vain pleasures of youth.
"The Milk Maid on the First of May" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

Candidates decry Todd Akin comments about rape.
State officials decry federal inaction on farm bill.
At free speech rally, 100 decry deed restrictions the casino demanded at SteelStacks.
Crowd at free speech rally decries Sands deed restrictions at SteelStacks.
As a result, two human rights groups have sent strongly-worded letters decrying the summit's host location.
Intended as a tribute, decried as sexist.
The Wayne County commissioners have decried the cutting of 50% of the funding for the county victim/witness program and juvenile victim assistance program.
In the note, Cornyn decried the 6,600 earmarks totaling $8 billion contained in the bill.
Education Advocates Decry Lack of Minority Students in Gifted Programs.
The environmental NGOs who decry the Asian biofuels actually oppose all forms of biofuel because they fear it may lead to a reduction of rainforests.
Suu Kyi decries Myanmar's crackdown on mine protesters, seeks explanation for use of force.
While such software doesn't specifically identify anyone, the spread of facial-recognition technology is being decried by privacy advocates.
Lawyer decries lack of fairness in revoked clearance.
Rushdie Decries 'Mindset Of The Fanatic ' That Sparks Anti-American Protests.
Salman Rushdie decries Israeli flotilla attack.

In science:

This large figure is sometimes decried (at this time) as a blow to predictivity of string/M theory or extolled as giving string theory a rich enough ‘landscape’ to contain vacua that match the physical parameters (e.g. the cosmological constant) of our universe.
Counting String Vacua