MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To catch sight of.
2. To discover or detect.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French descrier (to cry out), from crier (to cry), from Latin critare, from quiritare (to cry out). Earliest documented use: before 1400. A shortening of the word descry resulted in scry.

DECRY - to take out the lachrymal glands

DESCARY - to make less frightful

DESPRY - 1. to render no longer lithe or limber
2. to remove the shortening