[ dih-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n, -shee- ]
/ dɪˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. denudate,
  2. denudation,
  3. denude,
  4. denumerable,
  5. denunciate,
  6. denunciatory,
  7. denver,
  8. denver boot,
  9. deny,
  10. denys

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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British Dictionary definitions for denunciation


/ (dɪˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən) /


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