Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


"They're still a far cry from reality, or even the usual escapism," said the banker.

Yes, it was a far cry from the African jungles to populous Manhattan.

It is a far cry from satisfying an employer to pleasing the public.

This time she was almost sure of a far cry, and after it the bark of a revolver.

It was a far cry from the back of the science tent, Charley supposed.

It is a far cry from Barbados to the Carolina shore, but so is it a far cry from England.

My friends find this island a far cry, except in the height of summer.

It was a far cry, I reflected, from the Kaiser's "Our future lies upon the seas!"

It is a far cry to Ephesus, and whether the Seven still sleep there, who may say?

From the electric-power methods to the Ancient Britons is indeed a far cry!


early 13c., "beg, implore," from Old French crier, from Vulgar Latin *critare, from Latin quiritare "to wail, shriek" (source of Italian gridare, Old Spanish cridar, Spanish and Portuguese gritar), of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of quirritare "to squeal like a pig," from *quis, echoic of squealing, despite ancient folk etymology that traces it to "call for the help of the Quirites," the Roman constabulary. The meaning was extended 13c. to weep, which it largely replaced by 16c. Related: Cried; crying.

Most languages, in common with English, use the general word for "cry out, shout, wail" to also mean "weep, shed tears to express pain or grief." Romance and Slavic, however, use words for this whose ultimate meaning is "beat (the breast)," cf. French pleurer, Spanish llorar, both from Latin plorare "cry aloud," but probably originally plodere "beat, clap the hands." Also Italian piangere (cognate with French plaindre "lament, pity") from Latin plangere, originally "beat," but especially of the breast, as a sign of grief. U.S. colloquial for crying out loud is 1924, probably another euphemism for for Christ's sake.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.