Usage examples for decry

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Let the world rage around us, let the enemy decry us, I say, Follow his example. – With the Boer Forces by Howard C. Hillegas
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. It was the fashion of his day to decry war as the game of kings, or flowing from the ambition of priests; if superstition was abolished, and popular virtue let into government, one eternal reign of peace and justice would commence. –  by
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. It is a little unhistorical to decry a man of genius as wanting in speculative originality, who was born into an age when speculation had run dry, and thought was only subsidiary to conduct. – Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius by Samuel Dill
  12. The horse- stealing story, more or less garbled, found its way through lips that pretended to decry it, yet eagerly repeated it. – The Twins of Table Mountain and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  13. Now, it is very far from our wish to speak disrespectfully of the Church of Rome, or in any way to decry it. – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  14. It is the fashion in this country to decry professional politicians, to uphold the doctrine that the office should seek the man and not the man the office. –  by
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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