denounce

verb
de·nounce | \di-ˈnau̇n(t)s, 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 \-ˈnau̇n(t)-smənt \ noun
denouncer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for denounce

Synonyms

blame, censure, condemn, criticize, fault, knock, pan, reprehend

Antonyms

extol (also extoll), laud, praise

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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.

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The detention center was the site of a visit a day earlier by Sen. Kamala Harris, who was joined by hundreds of protesters there to denounce Trump’s immigration policy. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "March against family separation at border turns confrontational," 23 June 2018 The group of activists were gathered in the street, partaking in the latest demonstration to denounce the killing of Clark, who was shot by police two weeks ago. CBS News, "Sheriff's deputy's vehicle strikes activist protesting Stephon Clark's death," 2 Apr. 2018 Historians and advocates immediately denounced Trump's comments, saying such talk would encourage white nationalists. Jesse J. Holland And Russell Contreras, chicagotribune.com, "Trump draws fierce criticism for saying immigration is 'changing the culture' of Europe for worse," 14 July 2018 Russia's Foreign Ministry is denouncing the United States' indictment of 12 alleged military intelligence agents accused of hacking into Democratic accounts in the 2016 US elections. CBS News, "Russia dismisses indictment as attempt to "spoil" Trump-Putin meeting," 13 July 2018 There Trump publicly denounced Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Germany’s Angela Merkel, but urged that Putin be invited back to the group from which he was expelled for seizing Crimea. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "NATO allies fear Trump will kick them, hug Putin | Trudy Rubin," 6 July 2018 Sharif had denounced the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a judicial witch-hunt, often suggesting the hidden hand of the military was to blame. NBC News, "Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison for corruption," 6 July 2018 The US Chamber of Commerce — a lobbying powerhouse — has launched a campaign denouncing the tariffs, while US companies increasingly go public with their complaints. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "There are no bullets or bombs, but trade wars have real casualties," 6 July 2018 But Trump has denounced all viable solutions to the White House’s problem. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Renews Call for Deporting Refugees Without Due Process," 5 July 2018

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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

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 \
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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