One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Publicly declare to be wrong or evil; denounce.‘about 1500 civilians joined the demonstration to denunciate terrorism’
condemn, criticize, attack, censure, castigate, decry, revile, vilify, besmirch, discredit, damn, reject, proscribeView synonyms
- ‘They denunciated Nagy as a potential premier and instead appointed Erno Gero.’
- ‘The United Nations have pointed out and denunciated its human rights record.’
- ‘She hasn't told you at all who had been denunciating you.’
- ‘Rather than denunciating everyone involved in ocean waste disposal, they embraced the concept of international regulation.’
- ‘He promulgated the obliteration of all signs of tradition from compositions, even going so far as to denunciate Schoenberg and Stravinsky for elements of compromise in their later music.’
Late 16th century: from medieval Latin denunciat-, from the verb denuntiare ‘give official information’, based on nuntius ‘messenger’: see -ate.
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