decry

decrier, n.
/di kruy"/, v.t., decried, decrying.
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.
[1610-20; < F décrier, OF descrier. See DIS-1, CRY]
Syn. 1. belittle, disparage, discredit, depreciate, minimize. 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.

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  • decry — [dē krī′] vt. decried, decrying [Fr décrier < OFr descrier: see DE & CRY] 1. to speak out against strongly and openly; denounce [to decry religious intolerance] 2. to depreciate (money, etc.) officially SYN. DISPARAGE decrial …   English World dictionary

  • decry — I verb admonish, be unable to respect, belittle, berate, bring discredit on, bring into disrepute, censure, censure as faulty, clamor against, condemn, condemn as worthless, contemn, criticize, cry down, cry out against, declaim against, degrade …   Law dictionary

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  • decry — [v] criticize, blame abuse, asperse, badmouth*, belittle, calumniate, censure, condemn, cry down, defame, denounce, depreciate, derogate, detract, devalue, diminish, discount, discredit, disgrace, disparage, do a number on*, downgrade, dump on*,… …   New thesaurus

  • decry — ► VERB (decries, decried) ▪ publicly denounce. DERIVATIVES decrier noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «decrease the value of coins by royal proclamation»: from French décrier cry down …   English terms dictionary

  • decry — transitive verb Etymology: French décrier, from Old French decrier, from de + crier to cry Date: 1614 1. to depreciate (as a coin) officially or publicly 2. to express strong disapproval of < decry the …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • decry — de•cry [[t]dɪˈkraɪ[/t]] v. t. cried, cry•ing 1) to disparage openly 2) to depreciate by proclamation, as coins • Etymology: 1610–20; < F décrier, de•cri′al, n. de•cri′er, n. syn: decry, denigrate, deprecate involve the expression of censure or …   From formal English to slang

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