Cry (krī), v. i.
[imp. & p. p. Cried (krīd);
p. pr. & vb. n. Crying.] [F.
crier, cf. L. quiritare to raise a plaintive cry,
scream, shriek, perh. fr. queri to complain; cf. Skr.
cvas to pant, hiss, sigh. Cf. Quarrel a brawl,
Querulous.] 1. To make a loud call or
cry; to call or exclaim vehemently or earnestly; to shout; to
vociferate; to proclaim; to pray; to implore.
And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with
a loud voice.
Matt. xxvii. 46.
Clapping their hands, and crying with loud
Hear the voice of my supplications when I
cry unto thee.
Ps. xxviii. 2.
The voice of him that crieth in the
wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord.
Is. xl. 3.
Some cried after him to return.
2. To utter lamentations; to lament
audibly; to express pain, grief, or distress, by weeping and
sobbing; to shed tears; to bawl, as a child.
Ye shall cry for sorrow of heart.
Is. lxv. 14.
I could find it in my heart to disgrace my man's
apparel and to cry like a woman.
3. To utter inarticulate sounds, as
The young ravens which cry.
Ps. cxlvii. 9.
In a cowslip's bell I lie
There I couch when owls do cry.
To cry on or upon, to
call upon the name of; to beseech. "No longer on
Saint Denis will we cry." Shak. -- To cry
out. (a) To exclaim; to vociferate;
to scream; to clamor. (b) To complain
loudly; to lament. -- To cry out against,
to complain loudly of; to censure; to blame. --
To cry out on or upon, to
denounce; to censure. "Cries out upon abuses."
Shak. -- To cry to, to call on in
prayer; to implore. -- To cry you mercy,
to beg your pardon. "I cry you mercy, madam; was
it you?" Shak.
Cry, v. t. 1.
To utter loudly; to call out; to shout; to sound abroad; to
All, all, cry shame against ye, yet I 'll
The man . . . ran on,crying, Life! life!
2. To cause to do something, or bring to
some state, by crying or weeping; as, to cry one's self to
3. To make oral and public proclamation
of; to declare publicly; to notify or advertise by outcry,
especially things lost or found, goods to be sold, ets.; as, to
cry goods, etc.
Love is lost, and thus she cries him.
4. Hence, to publish the banns of, as for
I should not be surprised if they were
cried in church next Sabbath.
To cry aim. See under Aim. -
- To cry down, to decry; to depreciate; to
dispraise; to condemn.
Men of dissolute lives cry down religion,
because they would not be under the restraints of it.
-- To cry out, to proclaim; to
shout. "Your gesture cries it out."
Shak. -- To cry quits, to propose,
or declare, the abandonment of a contest. -- To cry
up, to enhance the value or reputation of by public
and noisy praise; to extol; to laud publicly or
Cry (kr?), n.; pl.
Cries (kr?z). [F. cri, fr.
crier to cry. See Cry, v. i. ]
1. A loud utterance; especially, the
inarticulate sound produced by one of the lower animals; as, the
cry of hounds; the cry of wolves.
2. Outcry; clamor; tumult; popular
Again that cry was found to have been as
unreasonable as ever.
3. Any expression of grief, distress,
etc., accompanied with tears or sobs; a loud sound, uttered in
There shall be a great cry throughout all
Ex. xi. 6.
An infant crying in the night,
An infant crying for the light;
And with no language but a cry.
4. Loud expression of triumph or wonder
or of popular acclamation or favor. Swift.
The cry went once on thee.
5. Importunate supplication.
O, the most piteous cry of the poor
6. Public advertisement by outcry;
proclamation, as by hawkers of their wares.
The street cries of London.
7. Common report; fame.
The cry goes that you shall marry her.
8. A word or phrase caught up by a party
or faction and repeated for effect; as, the party cry of
All now depends upon a good cry.
9. A pack of hounds.
A cry more tunable
Was never hollaed to, nor cheered with horn.
10. A pack or company of persons; -- in
Would not this . . . get me a fellowship in a
cry of players?
11. The crackling noise made by block tin
when it is bent back and forth.
A far cry, a long distance; -- in
allusion to the sending of criers or messengers through the
territory of a Scottish clan with an announcement or