Definition of denunciation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Public condemnation of someone or something:

    ‘denunciation of his reckless methods’
    [count noun] ‘a denunciation of the bombing’
    • ‘That kind of talk drew barbs and denunciations from media quarters that had applauded his efforts to end racial segregation.’
    • ‘The government camp has reacted to the mounting protests with frenzied denunciations.’
    • ‘Litigation, public denunciations, and even bribery proved fruitless.’
    • ‘Half a world away, however, the discovery has provoked howls of outrage and denunciations of a woman formerly held in the highest regard.’
    • ‘When is the world going to recoil in horror and issue fierce denunciations of all this too?’
    • ‘Since then, the playwright has enjoyed a certain amount of notoriety, as much for his denunciations of the theatre establishment as for his work.’
    • ‘I don't know if he is an unfairly vilified man or if any of the denunciations of his morals and motives have some truth to them.’
    • ‘This defense of war crimes is combined with denunciations of those who expose or criticize them and attempts to further cow an already pliant media.’
    • ‘But critics who want to portray themselves as moderate would do well to moderate their wild denunciations.’
    • ‘These denunciations of his policies as responsible for the South's growing relative impoverishment no longer look convincing.’
    • ‘However, in the subsequent rainstorm of denunciations posted on popular websites, there was rarely any judicious analysis.’
    • ‘I'd get these eight-page denunciations, accusing me of didacticism, as if I hadn't already thought of that.’
    • ‘Responding to this personal attack, Paul's comments are a sarcastic rebuttal of the denunciations of his victims.’
    • ‘They issued the immediate denunciations and condemnations, even called them idiots and monsters.’
    • ‘Religious heresy denunciations do not appear often, outside of certain insular ultra-orthodox circles.’
    • ‘But amidst all the self-analysis and denunciations of his own weakness, how can we be sure if he is telling the truth or simply preparing his place in history?’
    • ‘So we get hysterical denunciations of measures that are not objectionable when the real cause of their anger was the objectionable way in which those measures were carried out.’
    • ‘There were sharp interventions and denunciations of the present globalisation process as the root of widespread poverty.’
    • ‘The reason these denunciations of the use of urgency carry some weight is because its misuse raises important questions of democratic oversight.’
    uncovering, revelation, showing, display, exhibition, disclosure, manifestation, unveiling, unmasking
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    1. 1.1 The action of informing against someone.
      • ‘Even after Nicholas ordered that false denunciations should be punished, the flood of accusations continued.’
      • ‘She wrote out carefully and with a steady hand that denunciation of Citizen-Deputy Déroulède which has become an historical document, and is preserved in the chronicles of France.’
      • ‘In addition to self-denunciation, they wallowed in orgies of accusation against others.’


Late Middle English: from Latin denuntiatio(n-), from the verb denuntiare (see denounce). The original sense was ‘public announcement’, also ‘formal accusation’; the main sense dates from the mid 19th century.