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[dih-nouns] /dɪˈnaʊns/
verb (used with object), denounced, denouncing.
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
denouncement, noun
denouncer, noun
undenounced, adjective
Can be confused
denounce, renounce.
1. attack, stigmatize, blame, brand.
1. praise, commend. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for denounce
  • Perhaps most damaging, former supporters publicly denounce its ideology.
  • We denounce this privatization of justice.
  • He then is denounced as a deserter by those whom he formerly led.
  • It is very hard to try to be a dedicated teacher if there is no trust and you are in danger of being denounced at any moment.
  • They denounce, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.
  • Animal rights groups and other hunting opponents denounce these efforts in part out of concern for the children's safety.
  • One doesn't have to be squeaky clean in order to denounce immorality and viciousness in public life, to be sure.
  • Labor unions were quick to denounce several of the task force's recommendations, many of which would require state legislation.
  • Last year he broke 39 years of silence to denounce the verdict.
  • Horse activists denounce the techniques herders use to gather horses.
British Dictionary definitions for denounce


verb (transitive)
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, noun
denouncer, noun
Word Origin
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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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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