from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To condemn openly.
- transitive v. To depreciate (currency, for example) by official proclamation or by rumor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To denounce as harmful.
- v. To blame for ills.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cry down; to censure as faulty, mean, or worthless; to clamor against; to blame clamorously; to discredit; to disparage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cry down; speak disparagingly of; censure as faulty or worthless; clamor against: as, to decry a poem.
- To deprive of credit officially.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. express strong disapproval of
But the continuing illegal flow of people into this country, which so many conservatives decry, is a product of those mechanisms.
That is because heavy majorities of the voters support the various exercises of Presidential power which you decry from the NSA spying program to the MSA.
The calls decry high gasoline prices, linking them to Democratic opposition to expanded oil exploration and gasoline-tax cuts.
In fact, the spending of President Obama’s that you decry is actually about the only thing standing between this nation and a second Great Depression.
Centrist groups like Third Way and No Labels decry the extreme partisanship and call for a new consensus to deal with the crisis.
DOBBS: We heard his attorney, Mark Geragos, in absolute, emphatic, emotional terms decry these charges and protest his client's innocence.
Often, such terms decry the density of Gaza (the area, not its terrorist leaders).
I'm not sure what Harpootlian means by "decry," but Hillary had said herself that Johnson went over the line.
Ms. WILTZ: I think he courted the controversy, at the same time he would kind of decry it and, you know, he tried to have it both ways, I think.
Amongst the southern Slavs the evil eye acts by bringing evil spirits into action as the agents, and they "decry" the person or thing.