verb (used with object), de·cried, de·cry·ing.
- to speak disparagingly of; denounce as faulty or worthless; express censure of: She decried the lack of support for the arts in this country.
- to condemn or depreciate by proclamation, as foreign or obsolete coins.
verb -cries, -crying or -cried (tr)
- to express open disapproval of; disparage
- 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.”