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denounce

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of denounce

  1. 1 to declare to be morally wrong or evil the church council denounced the bishop's teachings, officially declaring them to be heresy Synonyms of denounce anathematize, censure, damn, decry, condemn, execrate, reprehend, reprobateWords Related to denounce attack, blame, blast, criticize, dis (also diss) [slang], dispraise, fault, knock, pan, slam; belittle, deprecate, disparage; doom, sentence; convict; blacklist, excommunicate, ostracize; castigate, chastise, rebuke, reprimand, reproach; admonish, chide, reprove; berate, lambaste (or lambast), rake, scold, upbraid, vituperate; curse, imprecate; abhor, abominate, detest, hate, loathe, revileNear Antonyms of denounce approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; eulogize, exalt, extol (also extoll), glorify, laud, praise; acclaim, applaud, commend, hail, salute, tout; consecrate, hallow, sanctify; honor, revere, venerateAntonyms of denounce bless

  2. 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 Synonyms of denounce blame, censure, condemn, criticize, dis (also diss) [slang], dispraise, fault, knock, pan, reprehend, slag [chiefly British]Words Related to denounce skewer, tweak; assail, attack, blast, clobber, slam, slash; nick (at), snipe (at); beef, bellyache, bitch, carp, cavil, complain, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grouse, growl, grumble, kick, kvetch, moan, murmur, mutter, niggle, quibble, whine; admonish, chide, drub, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove; berate, castigate, crucify, excoriate, flay, gibbet, hammer, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lash, pillory, scold, upbraid; bad-mouth, belittle, decry, deride, discommend, disparage, put downNear Antonyms of denounce approve, commend, endorse (also indorse), recommend, sanctionAntonyms of denounce extol (also extoll), laud, praise

  3. 3 to express public or formal disapproval of the governor has denounced the court's decision and vows to press for a constitutional amendment Synonyms of denounce condemn, censure, objurgate, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproveWords Related to denounce admonish, chastise; castigate, punish; bawl out, berate, chew out, cut up, dress down, flay, gibbet, jaw, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lecture, rag, rail (at or against), rate, scold, score, tell off, upbraid; belittle, criticize, deprecate, depreciate, disparageNear Antonyms of denounce acclaim, applause, hail, honor; eulogize, laud, praise; approve, bless, sanctionAntonyms of denounce cite, commend, endorse (also indorse)

Synonym Discussion of denounce

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

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