verb (used with object), de·cried, de·cry·ing.

  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.

verb -cries, -crying or -cried (tr)

  1. to express open disapproval of; disparage
  2. to depreciate by proclamationto decry obsolete coinage

1610s, from French decrier (14c.; Old French descrier “cry out, announce”), from de- “down, out” (see de-) + crier “to cry,” from Latin quiritare (see cry (v.)). In English, the sense has been colored by the presumption that de- in this word means “down.”

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