decry


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, denigrate, denounce, deny respect, deprecate, depreciate, depreciate publicly, deride, derogate, despise, detract, detract from, disapprove, disapprove of, discredit, disdain, disesteem, dismiss, disparage, dispraise, disprize, disrespect, fail to appreciate, fault, feel utter contempt for, find fault, find nothing to praise, have no regard for, have no respect for, have no use for, hold cheap, hold in contempt, inveigh against, make little of, malign, not respect, not speak well of, obtrectare, protest against, raise a hue and cry against, raise one's voice against, reject, remonstrate against, reprehend, revile, ridicule, scorn, set at nought, set no value on, speak disparagingly of, speak ill of, speak slightingly of, spurn, vilify, vilipend, vituperare II index brand (stigmatize), cavil, censure, complain (criticize), condemn (blame), contemn, criticize (find fault with), debunk, defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), deprecate, depreciate, derogate, disapprove (condemn), discommend, discredit, disdain, disparage, except (object), fault, impeach, lash (attack verbally), lessen, libel, malign, minimize, remonstrate, reprehend, reprimand, reproach, smear, sully

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  • Decry — De*cry , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decrying}.] [F. d[ e]crier, OF. descrier; pref. des (L. dis ) + crier to cry. See {Cry}, and cf. {Descry}.] To cry down; to censure as faulty, mean, or worthless; to clamor against; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decry — decry, depreciate, disparage, derogate, detract, belittle, minimize mean to write, speak, or otherwise indicate one s feeling in regard to something in such a way as to reveal one s low opinion of it. Decry implies open or public condemnation or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • decry — decry, descry are related in origin but now have widely different meanings. To decry something is to disparage or deplore it • (She decries the spread of tower blocks and the failure to turn derelict sites into green spaces Evening Standard,… …   Modern English usage

  • 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 — 1610s, from Fr. decrier (14c.; O.Fr. descrier cry out, announce ), from de down, out (see DE (Cf. de )) + crier to cry. In English, the sense has been colored by the presumption that de in this word means down …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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 — 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… …   Universalium

  • 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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