[dih-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n, -shee-]


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 formsnon·de·nun·ci·a·tion, nouno·ver·de·nun·ci·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of denunciation

  • There was accusation, denunciation, abhorrence in the cashier's gaze.


    W. A. Fraser

  • What astonishes me is his fertility in the arts of denunciation and scandalmongering.

  • The first half of the, sermon was a denunciation of the morality of men.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • The denunciation you made in prison is true in substance and in fact.

  • But when I found out who he was I tried to take back my denunciation, and they wouldn't let me.

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