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denounce

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verb de·nounce \di-ˈnau̇n(t)s, dē-\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of denounce

denounceddenouncing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pronounce especially publicly to be blameworthy or evil <they denounced him as a bigot>

  3. 2 archaic a :  proclaim b :  to announce threateningly

  4. 3 :  to inform against :  accuse

  5. 4 obsolete :  portend

  6. 5 :  to announce formally the termination of (as a treaty)

denouncement play \-ˈnau̇n(t)-smənt\ noun
denouncer noun

Examples of denounce in a sentence

  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

denounce

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verb de·nounce \di-ˈnau̇ns\

Definition of denounce for Students

denounceddenouncing

  1. 1 :  to point out as wrong or evil :  condemn <Parents denounced the cuts to the art program.>

  2. 2 :  to inform against :  accuse <I denounced him as a traitor.>





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