Simple Definition of denounce
: 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
Examples of denounce
The government called on the group to denounce the use of violence.
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
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