Definition of denounce
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 : proclaimb : to announce threateningly
4 obsolete : portend
5 : to announce formally the termination of (as a treaty) <denounced the arrangement with their former ally>
denouncementplay \-ˈnau̇n(t)-smənt\ noun
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.
Origin and Etymology of denounce
Middle English, from Anglo-French denuncier to proclaim, from Latin denuntiare, from de- + nuntiare to report — more at announce
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of denounce
DENOUNCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of denounce for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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