- 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
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Related Wordsprosecute, criticize, rebuke, brand, excoriate, scold, castigate, boycott, blame, decry, revile, censure, accuse, threaten, vilify, stigmatize, impeach, vituperate, incriminate, rat
Examples from the Web for denounce
Did he denounce the involvement of organized crime in the abduction and disappearance of 43 students in the nearby city of Iguala?Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Today, former TNR writers and the rest of the media establishment are racing to denounce Hughes.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
In the hours before his arrest, Choudary took to Twitter to denounce airstrikes against ISIS.Britain’s Counter-Terror Raids: The End of Londonistan?
September 25, 2014
Another faction says why should we denounce people who we have zero connection with?Why Muslims Hate Terrorism More
August 12, 2014
When he attacked “bosses” and “political machines,” he made sure to denounce “demagogues” and “fanatics” in the next sentence.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
And had not I, unworthy and far-removed from them, sin to denounce?Little Dorrit
I denounce this person as a liar, and impeach him as a coward.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
It is absurd to denounce the majority of mankind as below the average of mankind.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
In which country did they denounce the preparations for the conflict, or the incentives of the conflict?Mountain Meditations
Thus, the wife was made to denounce the husband, the son the father, and the friend the friend.Roman Catholicism in Spain
- to deplore or condemn openly or vehemently
- to give information against; accuse
- to announce formally the termination of (a treaty, etc)
- to announce (something evil)
- to portend
Word Origin and History for denounce
early 14c., "announce," from Old French denoncier (12c., Modern French dénoncer), from Latin denuntiare "to announce, proclaim; denounce, menace; command, order," from de- "down" + nuntiare "proclaim, announce," from nuntius "messenger" (see nuncio). Negative sense in English via meaning "to declare or proclaim" something as cursed, excommunicated, forgiven, removed from office. Related: Denounced; denouncing.