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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CRYING, ppr. Uttering a loud voice; proclaiming; etc.
CRYING, a. Notorious; common; great; as a crying sin or abuse.
CRYING, n. Importunate call; clamor; outcry.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need" [syn: clamant, crying, exigent, insistent, instant]
2: 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" [syn: crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank] n
1: 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" [syn: crying, weeping, tears]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: circa 1605 1. calling for notice <a crying need> 2. notorious, heinous <a crying shame>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

attrib.adj. (of an injustice or other evil) flagrant, demanding redress (a crying need; a crying shame).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cry Cry (kr[imac]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cried (kr[imac]d); 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 voice. --Shak. 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. --Bunyan. 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. --Shak. 3. To utter inarticulate sounds, as animals. The young ravens which cry. --Ps. cxlvii. 9. In a cowslip's bell I lie There I couch when owls do cry. --Shak. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crying Cry"ing, a. Calling for notice; compelling attention; notorious; heinous; as, a crying evil. Too much fondness for meditative retirement is not the crying sin of our modern Christianity. --I. Taylor.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you say that there is a crying need for something, you mean that there is a very great need for it. There is a crying need for more magistrates from the ethnic minority communities. PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR n 2. You can say that something is a crying shame if you are annoyed and upset about it. It's a crying shame that police have to put up with these mindless attacks. PHRASE: v-link PHR, oft it v-link PHR that [feelings] 3. see also cry

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Weeping, lamenting. II. a. 1. Weeping, lamenting. 2. Notorious, great, enormous, heinous, flagrant, nefarious.

Moby Thesaurus

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