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 \ -​ˈnau̇n(t)-​smənt How to pronounce denouncement (audio) \ noun
denouncer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for denounce

Synonyms

anathematize, censure, condemn, damn, decry, execrate, reprehend, reprobate

Antonyms

bless

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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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We are all trapped in this necessary but exhausting j'accuse cycle of condemnation and punishment, denouncing and renouncing. Kareem Abdul-jabbar, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: My Bill Cosby Friendship and When Bad People Make Good Art," 9 Apr. 2018 The faith has now denounced conversion therapy or other practices that subject people to abuse. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Seattle Times, "Mormon church won’t oppose gay conversion therapy ban," 20 Feb. 2019 The Wall Street Journal editorial page has denounced New York for handing out subsidies for Amazon’s new hub. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Why criticism of Amazon isn’t sticking," 11 Dec. 2018 Rauner and the Illinois Republican Party have denounced Jones before and have until September to get a write-in candidate on the ballot. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: Emanuel says departing Supreme Court Justice Kennedy not 'a modern-day King Solomon'," 6 July 2018 And governments across Germany at several levels have denounced B.D.S. Official support for Israel is a nonnegotiable position in postwar Germany. New York Times, "Unwelcome Sound on Germany’s Stages: Musicians Who Boycott Israel," 1 July 2018 The agreement is expected to pass in Greece, thanks also to the support of some opposition lawmakers, even though the main opposition conservative New Democracy party has angrily denounced the deal. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Name Change to ‘North Macedonia’ Approved by Macedonian Parliament," 11 Jan. 2019 Down Her Favorite Instagram Follows This isn’t the first time JGL has denounced his old character. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tweets About His "(500) Days of Summer" Character," 7 Aug. 2018 Southwest Key, which has denounced family separations under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy, houses about 1,600 kids at 26 shelters in Arizona, California and Texas. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Gov. Doug Ducey visits Phoenix facility housing separated migrant children," 27 June 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 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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