Definition of decry verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

decry

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈkraɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkraɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decry
BrE BrE//dɪˈkraɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkraɪ//
 
he / she / it decries
BrE BrE//dɪˈkraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkraɪz//
 
past simple decried
BrE BrE//dɪˈkraɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkraɪd//
 
past participle decried
BrE BrE//dɪˈkraɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkraɪd//
 
-ing form decrying
BrE BrE//dɪˈkraɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkraɪɪŋ//
 
 
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decry somebody/something (as something) (formal) to strongly criticize somebody/something, especially publicly synonym condemn The measures were decried as useless. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘decrease the value of coins by royal proclamation’): from de- ‘down’ + cry, on the pattern of French décrier ‘cry down’.
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