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[dih-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n, -shee-] /dɪˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-/
an act or instance of denouncing; public censure or condemnation.
an accusation of crime before a public prosecutor or tribunal.
notice of the termination or the renouncement of an international agreement or part thereof.
Archaic. warning of impending evil; threat.
Origin of denunciation
1540-50; < Latin dēnuntiātiōn- (stem of dēnuntiātiō), equivalent to dēnuntiāt(us) (see denunciate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondenunciation, noun
overdenunciation, noun Unabridged
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  • The priests and the people who heard this denunciation were greatly exasperated.

    Cyrus the Great Jacob Abbott
  • He reproached his wife in the severest language of denunciation.

  • The very virulence of their denunciation was as quicksilver poured upon the glass of their envy.

    Sir Charles Napier Sir William Francis Butler
  • denunciation and contention were not proper to her temperament.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Awakening a few hours later he found his wife still pouring forth a regular cascade of denunciation.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
British Dictionary definitions for denunciation


open condemnation; censure; denouncing
(law, obsolete) a charge or accusation of crime made by an individual before a public prosecutor or tribunal
a formal announcement of the termination of a treaty
(archaic) an announcement in the form of an impending threat or warning
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Word Origin and History for denunciation

early 15c., "act of declaring or stating something," from Latin denuntiationem (nominative denuntiatio), noun of action from past participle stem of denuntiare (see denounce). Meaning "a charge" is mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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