What does the word decry mean?

Usage examples for decry

  1. It was rather unfair to decry all lawyers, because of the deadly fear he felt at the prospect of being forced into their ranks, as there is little doubt that he would have shrunk with like abhorrence from any business proposed to him. – Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings by Mary F. Sandars
  2. How many of those who decry " machine charity" ever went home with a single street beggar to whom they gave, or ever ascertained or cared whether his story was true, or told for any other purpose than to get the price of a dram? – From the Easy Chair, series 3 by George William Curtis
  3. It has become a fashion of late to decry the manners and morals of the republics of antiquity. – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
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