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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 16th century: from medieval Latin denunciat-, from the verb denuntiare ‘give official information’, based on nuntius ‘messenger’: see -ate.
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