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 The charges come as protesters across the nation denounce the violent crimes of officers against Black bodies. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Miami Officer Charged For Tasing, Kneeling On Black Woman's Neck Outside Miami Club," 29 June 2020 Willow's brother and mother took to social media to denounce Dawson's actions. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Jada Pinkett Smith, son Jaden 'disgusted' over YouTuber Shane Dawson 'sexualizing' young Willow," 29 June 2020 The boycott is part of an effort to denounce the social media giant's handling of hate speech. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "We still haven’t heard from some of Facebook’s biggest advertisers on the growing ad boycott," 29 June 2020 Meanwhile our cities burn and our militarized police forces teargas, beat and jail the very citizens that fund their existence and denounce their brutality. Daniel Barron, Scientific American, "Health Care Workers Don't Want to Be Heroes," 21 June 2020 Earlier this month, Black New York Times staffers organized a public campaign to denounce a racist op-ed calling for the use of military force against protesters. Char Adams, The New Republic, "Where Do Black Journalists Go From Here?," 19 June 2020 Former employees used #BlackAtR29 to denounce Barberich’s management and to vocalize their experiences with pay gaps and a lack of opportunities at the company. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "At least two dozen high-profile jobs and shows fall to social justice movement in wake of George Floyd's death," 11 June 2020 Video footage posted on social media showed people peacefully congregating in the French capital on Tuesday evening to show solidarity with U.S. protesters and to denounce the death of Adama Traore, a black man in French custody four years ago. NBC News, "Protesters on horseback arrive at Houston march," 3 June 2020 Protesters showed up in Berlin both Saturday and Sunday, to denounce death from discrimination in the United States. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Fury at America and Its Values Spreads Globally," 1 June 2020

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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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The first known use of denounce was in the 13th century

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“Denounce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 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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