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  • They decry poverty from their comfortable homes, but do little to combat it.
  • Don’t decry your own brother, my dear.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • When it was written, the Empire decried it as blasphemy and burned the author, Heslant the Monk.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He decried the stupidity of erecting buildings that were Greek, Gothic or Romanesque; let us, he begged, be modern and build in the style that belongs to our days.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • How can we decry that which is now the very foundation of our society!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Our ancient heritage and our very physiologies tell us sex is natural—a cherished route to spiritual fulfillment—and yet modern religion decries it as shameful, teaching us to fear our sexual desire as the hand of the devil.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Here the pale clergyman piled up his library, rich with parchment-bound folios of the Fathers, and the lore of Rabbis, and monkish erudition, of which the Protestant divines, even while they vilified and decried that class of writers, were yet constrained often to avail themselves.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He had become just like the whites he decried.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • I could not bear to hear my old nurse so decried, and made the subject of such a wish.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They came home from that expedition, however, to unanticipated public criticism from Sir Edmund Hillary, who decried Hall’s role in the growing commercialization of Everest.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air

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  • He could not at first believe that such a work came from America, and said it must have been fabricated by his enemies at Paris, to decry his system.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Although our productions have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Again, we may decry the color-prejudice of the South, yet it remains a heavy fact.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • "Oh, no need to decry your industry!" said the stranger, very easy, showing his teeth in a smile.
    Stephen Vincent Benét  --  The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • When Correggio’s Holy Families were admired, they admired Correggio’s Holy Families; when he was decried in favour of Velasquez, they sedulously followed suit without any personal objection.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • And it must be remembered that evidence is not to be discredited or decried because it is circumstantial.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Even General Smuts realized the dangers of this harsh ideology, decrying apartheid as "a crazy concept, born of prejudice and fear."
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as Communistic by its opponents in power?
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Bodily passion, which has been so unjustly decried, compels its victims to display every vestige that is in them of unselfishness and generosity, and so effectively that they shine resplendent in the eyes of all beholders.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The worship of the senses has often, and with much justice, been decried, men feeling a natural instinct of terror about passions and sensations that seem stronger than themselves, and that they are conscious of sharing with the less highly organised forms of existence.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Of course it was shocking for a married woman to borrow money—and Lily was expertly aware of the implication involved—but still, it was the mere MALUM PROHIBITUM which the world decries but condones, and which, though it may be punished by private vengeance, does not provoke the collective disapprobation of society.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Evgeni Sigismondavich Politovskiy had served the czar’s navy with skill and a devotion to duty equal to that of any officer in history, but in his diary, which was discovered years later in Leningrad, the brilliant officer had decried in the most violent terms the corruption and excesses of the czarist regime, giving a grim counterpoint to the selfless patriotism he had shown as he sailed knowingly to his death.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • It is an unfortunate fact that any particular whim of parents, which might have been dispersed by half an hour’s conversation during their lives, becomes sublimated by their deaths into a fiat the most absolute, with such results to conscientious children as those parents, had they lived, would have been the first to decry.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Felicity pushes in, annoying a matron, who decries her rudeness with an "I say!"
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • In letters to the editor he was decried as a "pharisee of liberty," an "imposter."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It should have been Esther who decried the marked-up trains—defaced, ugly, like mobile dumpsters.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The attack was decried as an outrage, "proof of the diabolical designs" of the administration in London, as Washington said.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • They have decried all free government as inconsistent with the order of society, and have indulged themselves in malicious exultation over its friends and partisans.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Even as our pastor then, the old Puritan Stanley, denounced the litanies of the saints and the idolatrous prayers of the Papists for Mary, I clung to the words he decried.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • If the Horde were the enemy from without, men like Justin, who decried the Great Romance and spoke of turning the forest over to the Desert Dwellers, were the enemy from within.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • He’d written extensively about the Cassini project, the faulty mirror on the lens of the Hubble spacecraft, and had been one of the first to publicly decry the Utah cold fusion experiment as a fraud.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • To make a vaunt of being poor was another of the incidents of his splenetic state, though this may have had the design in it of showing that he ought to be rich; just as he would publicly laud and decry the Barnacles, lest it should be forgotten that he belonged to the family.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He still wished the Wooded Island had been left alone, and he decried the unplanned proliferation of concession buildings that "intercepted vistas and disturbed spaces intended to serve for the relief of the eye from the too nearly constant demands upon attention of the Exposition Buildings."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • She suffered terribly from melancholy, which we can explain at least to some extent when we find her telling us how in the grip of it she would imagine: My lines decried, and my employment thought An useless folly or presumptuous fault: The employment, which was thus censured, was, as far as one can see, the harmless one of rambling about the fields and dreaming: My hand delights to trace unusual things, And deviates from the known and common way, Nor will in fading silks compose,…
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • "Don’t decry your own brother, my dear.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • "I ain’t attempting," says he, "to decry the celebrated moral aspect of parental affection, but we’re dealing with humans, and it ain’t human for anybody to give up two thousand dollars for that forty-pound chunk of freckled wildcat.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • But Justin had decried all that was sacred except Elyon himself.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Jefferson was decried as a Jacobin, an atheist, and charged with cowardice for having fled Monticello from the British cavalry in 1781.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The Republicans immediately decried the message as a declaration of war.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In Federalist pamphlets and newspapers, Jefferson was decried as a hopeless visionary, a weakling, an intriguer intoxicated with French philosophy, more a Frenchman than an American, and therefore a bad man.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • And while the abilities of the nine-hundredth abridger of the History of England, or of the man who collects and publishes in a volume some dozen lines of Milton, Pope, and Prior, with a paper from the Spectator, and a chapter from Sterne, are eulogized by a thousand pens—there seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Alone at his desk at Poplar Forest, where more than a hundred slaves labored in the fields beyond his window, Jefferson had written one of themost impassioned denunciations of his life, decrying slavery as an extreme depravity: The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions [Jefferson had written], the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But the uncompromising Evangelical did not even now hold that he would have been justified in giving his son, an unbeliever, the same academic advantages that he had given to the two others, when it was possible, if not probable, that those very advantages might have been used to decry the doctrines which he had made it his life’s mission and desire to propagate, and the mission of his ordained sons likewise.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It is forbidden to decry other sects; the true believer gives honour to whatever in them is worthy of honour.
  • I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.
    Benjamin Disraeli
  • Yet, although Skelton said he would not decry any good man or any good work, his spirit was a mocking one.
    Marshall, H.E.  --  English Literature For Boys And Girls
  • But it also seems that you would decry patriotism.
    Henry, O.  --  The Four Million
  • A whole town may be talking of his affairs; may calumniate and decry him, but if he has no good friends, he will know nothing about it.
    de Balzac, Honore  --  An Old Maid
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