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[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.
Origin of denunciation
1540-50; < Latin dēnuntiātiōn- (stem of dēnuntiātiō), equivalent to dēnuntiāt(us) (see denunciate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondenunciation, noun
overdenunciation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for denunciation
  • Monster issued a long, rambling denunciation of the criticisms therein.
  • His forte is still, as of old, denunciation and dissatisfaction.
  • He was heavily criticized, and with no drug manufacturer behind him, the denunciation stood.
  • As closer scrutiny of that premise will make clear, the libertarian denunciation of income transfers fails on its own terms.
  • There is an acceptance of spying and denunciation, so it's not only higher ups you need fear, but sometimes even your colleagues.
  • The intensity of the fire of the denunciation had, indeed, a momentary yet visible effect in the banker's expression.
  • In the weeks since the book's release, virtually every large environmental group has weighed in with a denunciation.
  • Up to a point, corporate profit-seeking and political profit-denunciation can rub along together.
  • The text denied the power of witches and gave a denunciation of alchemy.
  • If so, your denunciation of such behaviour would be far more effective if you cite specific examples.
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
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