Definition of Crying

1. Noun. The process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds). "She was in tears"

Exact synonyms: Tears, Weeping
Specialized synonyms: Snivel, Sniveling, Sob, Sobbing, Bawling, Wailing
Generic synonyms: Activity, Bodily Function, Bodily Process, Body Process
Derivative terms: Cry, Cry, Weep

2. Adjective. Demanding attention. "An instant need"
Exact synonyms: Clamant, Exigent, Insistent, Instant
Similar to: Imperative
Derivative terms: Exigency, Exigency, Insistency, Instancy

3. Adjective. Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible. "Rank treachery"
Exact synonyms: Egregious, Flagrant, Glaring, Gross, Rank
Similar to: Conspicuous

Definition of Crying

1. a. Calling for notice; compelling attention; notorious; heinous; as, a crying evil.

Definition of Crying

1. Adjective. That demands action or attention. ¹

2. Adjective. That deserves rebuke or censure. ¹

3. Noun. Action of the verb '''to cry'''. ¹

4. Verb. (present participle of cry) ¹

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Definition of Crying

1. cry [v] - See also: cry

Medical Definition of Crying

1. To utter an inarticulate, characteristic sound in order to communicate or express a feeling, or desire for attention. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Crying

cry out against
cry out for
cry reflex
cry someone a river
cry the blues
cry uncle
cry wolf
crybaby tree
crying (current term)
crying bird
crying blue murder
crying call
crying calls
crying off
crying out
crying out against
crying out for
crying shame
crying uncle
crying wolf

Literary usage of Crying

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1906)
"crying. By ALVIN BORGQUIST, Research Assistant, Clark University. ... crying, far more than its opposite, laughing, is a neglected problem of psychology. ..."

2. Anomalies and curiosities of medicine: Being an Encyclopedic Collection of by George Milbry Gould, Walter Lytle Pyle (1900)
"Cases of crying before delivery, some in the vagina, some just before the complete expulsion of the head from the os uteri, are very numerous in the older ..."

3. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916)
"Wells rubbed himself and said in a crying voice: — Please, sir, let me off! Athy grinned and turned up the sleeves of his jacket, saying: It can't be helped ..."

4. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow (2005)
"Another new sound, the sound of an adult crying. ... Davey was crying now, genuinely scared, it seemed, and Alan reveled in the feeling. ..."

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