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


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