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[dih-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -shee-] /dɪˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ʃi-/
characterized by or given to denunciation.
Also, denunciative
[dih-nuhn-see-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv, -shee-] /dɪˈnʌn siˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv, -ʃi-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of denunciatory
First recorded in 1720-30; denunciate + -ory1
Related forms
denunciatively, adverb
nondenunciative, adjective
nondenunciatory, adjective
undenunciatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She struck an attitude, singling out Sally with a denunciatory arm.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • He sprang off to confront Carmena, with denunciatory words and gestures.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • She turned the fire of denunciatory eyes upon the archæologist.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The gaze of the man that met his own was stern and denunciatory.

    The Great Sioux Trail Joseph Altsheler
  • To Norman, she was more explicit and denunciatory—and he let her talk.

    Christine Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • This they did, and listened to remarks from me, denunciatory of their proposed actions.


    Sutton E. Griggs
  • It was strong and denunciatory, such only as men like himself, versed in letters, could employ.

  • We can scarcely suppose that this appeal by Jeremiah to his brother-prophets was merely sarcastic and denunciatory.

  • He pressed a denunciatory finger to his breast with force, and became perfectly still.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Warming with my own complaints, I soon became fearfully profane and denunciatory.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper

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