[ dih-nouns ]
/ dɪˈnaʊns /

verb (used with object), de·nounced, de·nounc·ing.

to condemn or censure openly or publicly: to denounce a politician as morally corrupt.
to make a formal accusation against, as to the police or in a court.
to give formal notice of the termination or denial of (a treaty, pact, agreement, or the like).
Archaic. to announce or proclaim, especially as something evil or calamitous.
Obsolete. to portend.

Origin of denounce

1250–1300; Middle English denouncen < Old French denoncier to speak out < Latin dēnuntiāre to threaten (dē- de- + nuntiāre to announce, derivative of nuntius messenger)

Related forms

de·nounce·ment, nounde·nounc·er, nounun·de·nounced, adjective

Can be confused

denounce renounce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for denounce


/ (dɪˈnaʊns) /

verb (tr)

to deplore or condemn openly or vehemently
to give information against; accuse
to announce formally the termination of (a treaty, etc)
  1. to announce (something evil)
  2. to portend

Derived Forms

denouncement, noundenouncer, noun

Word Origin for denounce

C13: from Old French denoncier to proclaim, from Latin dēnuntiāre to make an official proclamation, threaten, from de- + nuntiāre to announce
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