- An example of decry is to publicly protest an unjust law.
- An example of decry is for a government official to proclaim that a coin is now obsolete.
Decry is defined as to speak out against, or to announce as worthless.
transitive verb-·cried′, -·cry′ing
- to speak out against strongly and openly; denounce: to decry religious intolerance
- to depreciate (money, etc.) officially
Origin of decryFrench décrier from Old French descrier: see de- and cry
transitive verbde·cried, de·cry·ing, de·cries
- a. To condemn as wrong or reprehensible: “an editorial in which he decried the proliferation of cheap handguns” ( Bill Turque )b. To express disapproval of (a person); denounce: “I could not bear to hear my old nurse so decried” ( Charles Dickens ) See Synonyms at criticize.
- To depreciate (currency, for example) by official proclamation or by rumor.
Origin of decryFrench décrier from Old French descrier des- de- crier to cry ; see cry .
decry disparage depreciate derogate belittle minimize downgrade
These verbs mean to think, write, or speak of as being of little value or importance. Decry implies open denunciation or condemnation: A staunch materialist, he decries economy. Disparage often implies the communication of a low opinion by indirection: Many critics disparage psychoanalysis as being a pseudoscience. To depreciate is to assign a lower than customary value to someone or something: Some musicologists depreciate Liszt's compositions. Derogate implies a detraction that impairs: People often derogate what they don't understand. Belittle and minimize mean to make less important, but minimize strongly implies the minimum level: He belittled the child's attempts to draw. She tried to minimize my accomplishment. To downgrade is to minimize in importance or estimation: Her rival downgraded the painting, calling it decorative but superficial.
(third-person singular simple present decries, present participle decrying, simple past and past participle decried)