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
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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denouncement \ di-​ˈnau̇n(t)-​smənt How to pronounce denouncement (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 Schneider also denounced earlier claims by the UAW and FCA that the corruption investigation involves only a handful of bad actors. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Is UAW headed for federal takeover? Feds say it's 'on the table'," 10 Jan. 2020 Tidal hasn’t reported any user figures since 2016 and a Norwegian newspaper, one that Tidal denounced, once claimed that 3 million number was really more like 850,000. Nick Romano,, "Jay Z's music library makes surprise return to Spotify after two years," 4 Dec. 2019 In recent weeks, Pope Francis has also denounced a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. NBC News, "Pope compares politicians who rage against gays to Hitler," 18 Nov. 2019 Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has also denounced Mr Soros. The Economist, "Among critics of Israel, conservatives are most likely to be anti-Semitic," 12 Oct. 2019 The American Library Association has also denounced the decision and this month launched a public petition asking MacMillan to reverse the policy. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "New publishing policy could limit new release e-books, e-audiobooks, and Northeast Ohio libraries aren’t happy," 26 Sep. 2019 Lawyers for the department also denounced its approach in an internal memo in July of last year, a copy of which was obtained by The Times. Grace Ashford, New York Times, "The Law Was Aimed at Deadly Machinery. It Hit Her Washer.," 9 Sep. 2019 An online petition to save the Sky Galley posted last week has gathered over 11,000 signatures and a few fans of the restaurant tweeted at city council members, denouncing the decision. Erin Glynn,, "Sky Galley restaurant at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport may stay open after all," 16 Dec. 2019 Trump has had an uneasy if not hostile relationship with many in the arts and the humanities who have denounced his presidency and his administration's policies. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Jon Voight dances for Trump at the White House, receives his National Medal of Arts honor," 21 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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


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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