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Definition to publicly criticize
  • They decry poverty from their comfortable homes, but do little to combat it.
  • Don't decry your own brother, my dear.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • How can we decry that which is now the very foundation of our society!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • And it must be remembered that evidence is not to be discredited or decried because it is circumstantial.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • 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
  • He had become just like the whites he decried.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • It should have been Esther who decried the marked-up trains—defaced, ugly, like mobile dumpsters.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • In letters to the editor he was decried as a "pharisee of liberty," an "imposter."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • When it was written, the Empire decried it as blasphemy and burned the author, Heslant the Monk.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • 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
  • Felicity pushes in, annoying a matron, who decries her rudeness with an "I say!"
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • I could not bear to hear my old nurse so decried, and made the subject of such a wish.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The attack was decried as an outrage, "proof of the diabolical designs" of the administration in London, as Washington said.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • "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
  • 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

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