verb de·nounce \di-ˈnan(t)s, dē-\

: to publicly state that someone or something is bad or wrong : to criticize (someone or something) harshly and publicly

: to report (someone) to the police or other authorities for illegal or immoral acts


Full Definition of DENOUNCE

transitive verb
:  to pronounce especially publicly to be blameworthy or evil <they denounced him as a bigot>
a :  proclaim
b :  to announce threateningly
:  to inform against :  accuse
obsolete :  portend
:  to announce formally the termination of (as a treaty)
de·nounce·ment \-ˈnan(t)-smənt\ noun
de·nounc·er noun

Examples of DENOUNCE

  1. The government called on the group to denounce the use of violence.
  2. The film was denounced for the way it portrayed its female characters.

Origin of DENOUNCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French denuncier to proclaim, from Latin denuntiare, from de- + nuntiare to report — more at announce
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of DENOUNCE

criticize, reprehend, censure, reprobate, condemn, denounce mean to find fault with openly. criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions <criticized the police for using violence>. reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking <reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students>. censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding <a Senator formally censured by his peers>. reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction <reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle>. condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment <condemned the government's racial policies>. denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration <a pastoral letter denouncing abortion>.
DENOUNCE Defined for Kids


verb de·nounce \di-ˈnans\

Definition of DENOUNCE for Kids

:  to point out as wrong or evil :  condemn <Parents denounced the cuts to the art program.>
:  to inform against :  accuse <I denounced him as a traitor.>


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