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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.
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 denounced
  • The bake sale was denounced by many as racist soon after it was advertised.
  • By the end of pre-season training, players around the league vocally denounced the uniforms.
  • The left immediately denounced the package as a give-away for the rich.
  • My complaint is that too few of the frauds are denounced by fellow scientists.
  • Student protesters both inside and outside the parliament building denounced the law.
  • Mistrustful environmental groups immediately denounced both policies as chicanery.
  • Bristling citizens and indignant pundits quickly denounced the affront to the country's highest office.
  • In his native land, he was being denounced as a spy.
  • Then in a third video he denounced the second one and said he was on the run.
  • The finding described in this article needs to be thoroughly denounced.
British Dictionary definitions for denounced


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 denounced



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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