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


blame, censure, condemn, criticize, dis (also diss) [slang], dispraise, fault, knock, pan, reprehend, slag [chiefly British]


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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Protesters denounced those lag times, and asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection to come up with a better system. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Families Belong Together: Arizona rallies for migrant families separated at the border," 30 June 2018 Trump himself denounced the dishonesty of Democrats who tried to blame him for his predecessor’s cruelty. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump: Obama Was for ‘Open Borders’ – Also, His Immigration Policies Were the Same As Mine," 25 June 2018 The policy has been widely denounced by both religious leaders and immigration advocates, among others. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Sessions cites Romans 13 to defend Trump's immigration policy, raises Christians' ire," 15 June 2018 The head of the NFLPA, DeMaurice Smith, angrily denounced the NFL's decision and called it a blow against America's most basic rights – freedom of speech. Paul Newberry, The Christian Science Monitor, "Kneel if you like, but stay out of sight: NFL muddles issue with new anthem policy," 24 May 2018 Gurnee officials quickly denounced the village's inclusion and asked the SPLC for an explanation. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Gurnee removed from Southern Poverty Law Center hate map: 'There was no evidence'," 11 May 2018 The books denounce evolution as untrue, for example, and one shows a cartoon of men and dinosaurs together, telling students the Biblical Noah likely brought baby dinosaurs onto his ark. Leslie Postal,, "Private schools' curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together," 1 June 2018 Other lawmakers have joined with columnists, television commentators and other pundits in denouncing a direct threat to democracy. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Slayings of political candidates accelerate in run-up to Mexico election," 27 June 2018 The announcement, though, also came just a day after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Strzok escorted from FBI building, but still on payroll; Unruly Dems heckle Trump over immigration," 20 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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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 \
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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