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Usage examples for decry

  1. Nothing is further from my mind than to decry the taste for novel- reading; for, wisely employed, novels can become one of the joys of life. – The Book-Hunter at Home by P. B. M. Allan
  2. The Times for example, which still holds a certain pre- eminence of place, although it is the fashion of a younger generation to decry it and to pretend that it has lost all its influence, owing both to the change of public taste in journalistic requirements and certain business enterprises which have been associated with its name, spoke out to this effect with careful and calculated sincerity. – Oscar Wilde by Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  3. Those who decry classical education, do so from inexperience of its real character and value, and can hardly conceive the sense of strength and freedom which a young and ingenuous intellect acquires in all literature, and in all thought, by the laborious and successful endeavour to enter into that noble heritage which has been left us by the wisdom of bygone generations. – Julian Home by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  4. Men would loudly decry the folly of breaking up their homes, the result of years of unrelenting toil, and venturing into the unknown North, and within less than twenty- four hours, would leave themselves. – Negro Migration during the War by Emmett J. Scott
  5. There was an over- true story as to our friend having once been seduced into fighting a duel, and those who wished to decry him sometimes alluded to the adventure. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  6. The curious misconception which turned it into a prophecy of the birth of Christ outlasted in its effects any serious belief in its historical truth: even modern critics cite Isaiah for parallels, and are apt to decry it as a childish attempt to draw a picture of some actual golden age. – Latin Literature by J. W. Mackail
  7. The Red Un was the Chief Engineer's boy and rather more impressive than the Chief, who was apt to decry his own greatness. – Love Stories by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  8. Continually to destroy, continually to follow strange gods, always to decry the best of the old, and to have no well- considered aim in the teaching of a subject,- this is to join the forces of reaction, to waste our time, to be recreant to our trust, to blind ourselves to the failures of the past, and to confess our weakness as teachers. – The Teaching of Geometry by David Eugene Smith
  9. In literature that which is difficult to understand is much admired by the simple- minded, who also decry pictures that tell their own story! – The Ways of Men by Eliot Gregory
  10. Let the world rage around us, let the enemy decry us, I say, Follow his example. – With the Boer Forces by Howard C. Hillegas
  11. They had seated themselves by this time on the same seat they had occupied a few days before; and a feeling, that was almost one of shame, came over him when he reflected that, in a certain measure, he owed his present happiness to the woman he was about to decry. – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
  12. We may decry our own almost as much as we please, but there is a point where we must cease to depreciate ourselves; even for the sake of evincing our superiority to our possessions, we must not undervalue some of them. – Imaginary Interviews by W. D. Howells
  13. Opposed to these men, who are frequently termed the " Reds," there is a rapidly disappearing faction of so- called " Yellows," who rely upon the use of the ballot, and decry direct action, either through personal repugnance to violence, or, as seems most likely, because they deem peaceful methods more prolific of votes, and consequently of future political advantage to themselves. – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  14. Professor Welch said not long since: One can decry the system of those days, the inadequate preliminary requirements, the short courses, the dominance of the didactic lecture, the meagre appliances for demonstrative and practical instruction, but the results were better than the system. – Education: How Old The New by James J. Walsh
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