Definition of decry in US English:


verbdecrying, decries, decried

[with object]
  • Publicly denounce.

    ‘they decried human rights abuses’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Any sort of naturalism was decried as an attack on theistic belief.’
    • ‘Not that I am decrying the ability of those chosen.’
    • ‘Plenty of critics have decried the flood of World War II games at one point or another.’
    • ‘Critics decry episodes such as this one as egregious examples of a general bias in the obesity research community.’
    • ‘Critics have decried this outcome, saying it would raise the government's annual deficit.’
    • ‘And far from decrying the impact of the internet, Taylor maintains it will ‘provide phenomenal growth to our industry’.’
    • ‘The bill's critics decried it as a denigration of traditional marriage.’
    • ‘I am committed to doing my part to publicly decry a destructive repetition of history.’
    • ‘The group also decried the lack of critical press treatment in this country.’
    • ‘What better argument exists for decrying the acts of despots?’
    • ‘Conservative MEPs have already decried the move as a crude attempt to sway public opinion towards a yes vote.’
    • ‘Borges denounced Hitler almost from the start, decrying the arrival of Nazism as a catastrophe for German culture.’
    • ‘If we are to decry the activities of professionals paid to protest public policy we should identify who they really are.’
    • ‘On what basis can one justify one while decrying the other?’
    • ‘Critics also decry the political consequences of challenging the sanctity of wilderness.’
    • ‘Then they will decry human rights abuses in other countries.’
    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
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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’.