denounce

verb
de·​nounce | \ di-ˈnau̇n(t)s How to pronounce denounce (audio) , dē- \
denounced; denouncing

Definition of denounce

transitive verb

1 : to pronounce especially publicly to be blameworthy or evil they denounced him as a bigot Others might cry or get bent out of shape when their personal tastes are denounced and ridiculed, but not him …— David Sedaris
2 archaic
a : proclaim
b : to announce threateningly
3 : to inform (see inform sense intransitive 1) against : accuse was denounced to the authorities
4 obsolete : portend
5 : to announce formally the termination of (something, such as a treaty) denounced the arrangement with their former ally

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Other Words from denounce

denouncement \ di-​ˈnau̇n(t)-​smənt How to pronounce denounce (audio) , dē-​ \ noun
denouncer noun

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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

Examples of denounce in a Sentence

The government called on the group to denounce the use of violence. The film was denounced for the way it portrayed its female characters.
Recent Examples on the Web Nonetheless, world leaders should denounce this and work to put Myanmar back on a democratic course. Star Tribune, "Myanmar coup is an outrage," 1 Feb. 2021 Trump's fiercest supporters in Congress, meanwhile, have continued to threaten and denounce those who criticize the former president, repeatedly raising the prospect of a more fundamental party division. Michael Scherer, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump jumps into a divisive battle over the Republican Party — with a threat to start a ‘MAGA Party’," 23 Jan. 2021 Commission Chair Rob Hentschel can be seen laughing at Clous' actions as MacIntosh expressed her concerns and asked the commissioners to denounce the Proud Boys' behavior and violence. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Grand Traverse official flashes gun after resident mentions Proud Boys in online meeting," 21 Jan. 2021 Conservatives want reform, and Democrats denounce this as short-sighted and uncharitable. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 30," 4 Dec. 2020 Its members became loud supporters of Mr. Trump’s after the former president refused to denounce the group during a debate with Joseph R. Biden Jr. New York Times, "Takeaways From Day 2 of Trump’s Impeachment Trial," 10 Feb. 2021 During a tense town hall interview with NBC News' Savannah Guthrie in mid-October, Trump refused to denounce QAnon before pivoting to a critique of antifa. Rob Kuznia, CNN, "How Qanon's lies are hijacking the national conversation," 15 Dec. 2020 Trump refused to denounce it throughout his reelection campaign. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "A Biden Victory Wouldn’t Defeat QAnon," 5 Nov. 2020 While the #MeToo movement in the United States spurred many women here to denounce men in positions of power for alleged assaults, few of those cases resulted in dismissals or other major consequences. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, "Mexico’s ruling party is divided as president stands by a candidate accused of rape," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of denounce

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for denounce

Middle English, from Anglo-French denuncier to proclaim, from Latin denuntiare, from de- + nuntiare to report — more at announce

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“Denounce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denounce. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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denounce

verb

English Language Learners 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

denounce

verb
de·​nounce | \ di-ˈnau̇ns How to pronounce denounce (audio) \
denounced; denouncing

Kids Definition of denounce

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

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