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downcry, v.

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Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: down- prefix, cry v.
 

  transitive. To disparage or belittle (a person or thing); to cry down, to decry.

1844   E. A. Friedlænder tr. W. Meinhold Amber Witch xiii. 89   He himself, however, was downcried [Ger. verschrieen] by Bodinus and others, as the worst of all Wizards.
1883   W. Besant All in Garden Fair II. ii. i. 9   Those who..downcried her beauty and whispered spiteful things.
1908   G. Bosvile Horses, Horsemen, & Stable-managem. x. 99   Far be it from me to downcry our historical flat-race course.
2014   Chronicle (Toowoomba, Queensland) (Nexis) 13 Jan. 10   When one side came up with a wonderful plan, the other side was obliged to yell and scream and downcry that proposal.

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  downˈcrier   n. now rare

1878   W. Besant & J. Rice Monks Thelema i, in World 2 Jan. 17/1   Downcriers, enviers, and backbiters.
1894   Critic (N.Y.) 25 Aug. 127/1   Instinctively the people..turn with disgust from the pessimist and the mournful downcrier of what he dares not even try to imitate.
1944   A. C. Leão A Educação para o Após Guerra 75   The good citizen is not a discontented critic, the self-seeking mouthpiece of public men, the down-crier of institutions, of difficult undertakings.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, December 2018).

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