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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  blame  clamorously;  to  discredit;  to 
  disparage. 
 
  For  small  errors  they  whole  plays  decry.  --Dryden. 
 
  Measures  which  are  extolled  by  one  half  of  the  kingdom 
  are  naturally  decried  by  the  other  --Addison. 
 
  Syn:  To  {Decry},  {Depreciate},  {Detract},  {Disparage}. 
 
  Usage:  Decry  and  depreciate  refer  to  the  estimation  of  a 
  thing  the  former  seeking  to  lower  its  value  by 
  clamorous  censure,  the  latter  by  representing  it  as  of 
  little  worth.  Detract  and  disparage  also  refer  to 
  merit  or  value,  which  the  former  assails  with 
  caviling,  insinuation,  etc.,  while  the  latter 
  willfully  underrates  and  seeks  to  degrade  it  Men 
  decry  their  rivals  and  depreciate  their  measures.  The 
  envious  detract  from  the  merit  of  a  good  action  and 
  disparage  the  motives  of  him  who  performs  it 




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