de·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion | \di-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of denunciation 

: an act of denouncing the denunciation of violence the denunciation of one's enemies their denunciation of him as a spy especially : a public condemnation drew strong denunciations from world leaders

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Other Words from denunciation

denunciative \ -​ˈnən(t)-​sē-​ˌā-​tiv \ adjective
denunciatory \ -​sē-​ə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective

Examples of denunciation in a Sentence

The attack drew strong denunciations from leaders around the world. the official denunciation of the congresswoman's actions before the full house

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This form of denunciation is completely different than criticizing one’s own side for going too far, either in policy ambitions or in aggressiveness of political tactics. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Liberal Media Need Conservative Columnists," 10 May 2018 Both sides in recent months have refrained from familiar denunciations in which Japan accuses China of trying to disrupt regional stability through force and China accuses Japan of ignoring the lessons of history through Mr. Abe’s military buildup. Peter Landers, WSJ, "Strange Bedfellows: Trump Trade Fight Brings Japan and China Together," 18 June 2018 Unlike mainstream Jewish organizations that emphasized Israel’s need to defend itself, IfNotNow was unsparing on social media in its denunciation of the IDF’s actions. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 At such times, every incident becomes an opportunity to divide, which explains liberals’ widespread hailing of that restaurant episode and Trumpers’ equally widespread denunciations., "A long tradition: Americans behaving badly," 5 July 2018 Hyperbolic denunciations of particular enemies in scripture become a universal license to hate and condemn others. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 The North, meanwhile, has noted possible stumbling blocks for the talks, including denunciations of upcoming military exercises involving the United States and South Korea. Brian Murphy, The Seattle Times, "Syria’s Bashar al-Assad considers trip to meet Kim Jong Un, North Korea says," 3 June 2018 Pyongyang’s campaign to get its citizens back comes as the thaw in cross-border ties looks increasingly shaky, following a string of angry denunciations of the U.S. and South Korea by the North’s state media. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Fate of 12 North Korean Waitresses Strains Moon-Kim Detente," 23 May 2018 More than a rejection of color, Baltz’s ’70s work verges on a denunciation of it. Mark Feeney,, "Coloring our world, from cave paintings to today," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of denunciation

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for denunciation

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The first known use of denunciation was in 1548

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English Language Learners Definition of denunciation

: a public statement that strongly criticizes someone or something as being bad or wrong : a statement that denounces something or someone

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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