1. crying, weeping, tears, bodily process, body process, bodily function, activity

usage: the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds); "I hate to hear the crying of a child"; "she was in tears"


1. crying, weeping, tears, bodily process, body process, bodily function, activity

usage: a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"

2. cry, outcry, call, yell, shout, vociferation, utterance, vocalization

usage: a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate); "a cry of rage"; "a yell of pain"

3. cry, yell, utterance, vocalization

usage: a slogan used to rally support for a cause; "a cry to arms"; "our watchword will be `democracy'"

4. war cry, rallying cry, battle cry, cry, watchword, motto, slogan, catchword, shibboleth

usage: a fit of weeping; "had a good cry"

5. cry, effusion, gush, outburst, blowup, ebullition

usage: the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night"


1. shout, shout out, cry, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo, squall, utter, emit, let out, let loose

usage: utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"

2. cry, weep, express emotion, express feelings

usage: shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"; "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"

3. exclaim, cry, cry out, outcry, call out, shout, express, verbalize, verbalise, utter, give tongue to

usage: utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"

4. cry, blazon out, announce, denote

usage: proclaim or announce in public; "before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news"; "He cried his merchandise in the market square"

5. cry, want, need, require

usage: demand immediate action; "This situation is crying for attention"

6. cry, utter, emit, let out, let loose

usage: utter a characteristic sound; "The cat was crying"

7. cry, change, alter, modify

usage: bring into a particular state by crying; "The little boy cried himself to sleep"


1. clamant, crying, exigent, insistent, instant, imperative (vs. beseeching)

usage: demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need"

2. crying(prenominal), egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank, conspicuous (vs. inconspicuous)

usage: conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery"

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