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denounce

[dih-nouns] /dɪˈnaʊns/
verb (used with object), denounced, denouncing.
1.
to condemn or censure openly or publicly:
to denounce a politician as morally corrupt.
2.
to make a formal accusation against, as to the police or in a court.
3.
to give formal notice of the termination or denial of (a treaty, pact, agreement, or the like).
4.
Archaic. to announce or proclaim, especially as something evil or calamitous.
5.
Obsolete. to portend.
Origin
1250-1300
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.
Synonyms
1. attack, stigmatize, blame, brand.
Antonyms
1. praise, commend.
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British Dictionary definitions for denouncement

denounce

/dɪˈnaʊns/
verb (transitive)
1.
to deplore or condemn openly or vehemently
2.
to give information against; accuse
3.
to announce formally the termination of (a treaty, etc)
4.
(obsolete)
  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 denouncement

denounce

v.

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.

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