Definition of decry in English:



  • Publicly denounce:

    ‘they decried human rights abuses’
    • ‘Critics decry episodes such as this one as egregious examples of a general bias in the obesity research community.’
    • ‘What better argument exists for decrying the acts of despots?’
    • ‘The bill's critics decried it as a denigration of traditional marriage.’
    • ‘Critics have decried this outcome, saying it would raise the government's annual deficit.’
    • ‘Critics also decry the political consequences of challenging the sanctity of wilderness.’
    • ‘Any sort of naturalism was decried as an attack on theistic belief.’
    • ‘The group also decried the lack of critical press treatment in this country.’
    • ‘Borges denounced Hitler almost from the start, decrying the arrival of Nazism as a catastrophe for German culture.’
    • ‘Conservative MEPs have already decried the move as a crude attempt to sway public opinion towards a yes vote.’
    • ‘Then they will decry human rights abuses in other countries.’
    • ‘He decried it as an attack on the international working class, and encouraged all workers to refuse to go.’
    • ‘But when the people decrying the lack of data are the same people blocking all attempts to get it, I get mad.’
    • ‘Not that I am decrying the ability of those chosen.’
    • ‘Then she's at a public hearing, decrying the woman who dared to take her husband to task for sexually abusing their daughters.’
    • ‘In 1656 his Provincial Letters decried the abuse of casuistry by Jesuits in Paris.’
    • ‘If we are to decry the activities of professionals paid to protest public policy we should identify who they really are.’
    • ‘And far from decrying the impact of the internet, Taylor maintains it will ‘provide phenomenal growth to our industry’.’
    • ‘Plenty of critics have decried the flood of World War II games at one point or another.’
    • ‘On what basis can one justify one while decrying the other?’
    • ‘I am committed to doing my part to publicly decry a destructive repetition of history.’
    denounce, condemn, criticize, censure, damn, attack, fulminate against, rail against, inveigh against, blame, carp at, cavil at, run down, pillory, rap, lambaste, deplore, disapprove of, vilify, execrate, revile
    disparage, deprecate, discredit, derogate, cast aspersions on
    slam, slate, blast, knock, snipe at, do a hatchet job on, hold forth against, come down on, pull to pieces, tear to shreds
    excoriate, animadvert
    View synonyms


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.