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
a : proclaim
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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Other Words from denounce

denouncement \ di-​ˈnau̇n(t)-​smənt How to pronounce denounce (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 Wearing shorts or a unitard can be a way to denounce latent objectification in their respective sports, especially at a showcase as high-profile as the Olympics. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 31 July 2021 Royal Dutch police officers escort a Greenpeace activist during a protest to denounce airline pollution in the main hall of the Amsterdam Schiphol airport on December 14, 2019. Ciara Nugent, Time, 17 May 2021 Tariq Thowfeek, Texas communications director for Biden’s campaign, cited Trump’s failure to denounce QAnon conspiracy theorists in his town hall Thursday night as an example of how his words incite harm. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, 16 Oct. 2020 Chinese activists — many of whom also denounce Chesa Boudin, the city’s district attorney, for not being tough enough on crime and back a recall effort against him — have shown up at meetings to challenge officials, including Ms. Chan and Mr. Mar. New York Times, 18 July 2021 Many others took to the platform to lobby for their city, or even denounce their own city’s high ranking., 13 May 2021 The group also called on the international community to denounce the Taliban and for President Biden to do more. Lisa Bennatan, Fox News, 16 Aug. 2021 Molina said teachers have spoken up at hearings and called their local legislators to denounce the new legislation -- but said lawmakers are not listening. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 23 July 2021 Trump would later denounce critical race theory himself and order a ban on teaching critical race theory in federal government trainings. Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN, 14 July 2021

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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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“Denounce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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