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1 to declare to be morally wrong or evil
  • the church council denounced the bishop's teachings, officially declaring them to be heresy

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2 to express one's unfavorable opinion of the worth or quality of
  • denounced the shoddy merchandise that the local shops were foisting on tourists

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3 to express public or formal disapproval of
  • the governor has denounced the court's decision and vows to press for a constitutional amendment

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How does the verb denounce differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of denounce are censure, condemn, criticize, reprehend, and reprobate. While all these words mean "to find fault with openly," denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration.

a pastoral letter denouncing abortion

When would censure be a good substitute for denounce?

While the synonyms censure and denounce are close in meaning, censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding.

a Senator formally censured by his peers

When can condemn be used instead of denounce?

While in some cases nearly identical to denounce, condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment.

condemned the government's racial policies

Where would criticize be a reasonable alternative to denounce?

In some situations, the words criticize and denounce are roughly equivalent. However, criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions.

criticized the police for using violence

When is reprehend a more appropriate choice than denounce?

Although the words reprehend and denounce have much in common, reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking.

reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students

When might reprobate be a better fit than denounce?

The meanings of reprobate and denounce largely overlap; however, reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction.

reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle

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

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“Denounce.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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