- 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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Antonyms for denounce
Related Words for denouncementdenunciation, criticism, condemnation, incrimination, imputation, castigation
Examples from the Web for denouncement
Contemporary Examples of denouncement
After my first week on campus, I began to meet upperclassmen who were unapologetic in their denouncement of the University.Freshman Year Sucks—and That’s OK
November 12, 2014
Kyle Smith's denouncement of Free to Be in Sunday's New York Post because it “emasculated men” is totally baffling.‘Free to Be…You and Me’ Did Not Emasculate Men
March 11, 2014
Historical Examples of denouncement
- 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 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.