Definition of denounce in English:

denounce

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Publicly declare to be wrong or evil.

    ‘the Assembly denounced the use of violence’
    ‘he was widely denounced as a traitor’
    • ‘Gambling on cricket is nothing new, and as early as 1823 a match between Hampshire and England was denounced as a fix.’
    • ‘Weir was arrested and confessed to sorcery; his sister Grizel was denounced as a witch.’
    • ‘The zealots got the upper hand and science was denounced as heresy.’
    • ‘The colonists were interested in neither of these projects and Grey was denounced as an out-of-touch theorist.’
    • ‘Any outside suggestion that reform was overdue was denounced as an assault on our sovereignty.’
    • ‘So it is that jokes that might once have been accepted as bad-taste gags can now be denounced as intolerable racial insults.’
    • ‘Of course these photos are going to be denounced as fakes.’
    • ‘The weather forecast was denounced as useless by the locals.’
    • ‘Of course, I would never think of publicly denouncing a guy just because I don't like the way he draws.’
    • ‘The culture of the establishment is denounced as oppressive.’
    • ‘There were suggestions, denounced as ludicrous by a raft of academic luminaries, that her research did not make the grade.’
    • ‘Another example was last year's ban on the celebrations of the 500 years of discovery, which was denounced as a fraud.’
    • ‘Far from being the transport revolution expected, the service was denounced as a shambles, a farce and the last resort.’
    • ‘He has publicly denounced all the wrongs that were levelled on him.’
    • ‘He is brought to jail; she publicly denounces him; and the court sentences him to six months in prison.’
    • ‘The writers say they were tortured and forced to publicly denounce their work.’
    • ‘The most recent action to evacuate was not taken in haste, he declares, and denounces those who say it was.’
    • ‘A planned telephone mast has been denounced as a monstrosity by people in Wootton Bassett.’
    • ‘Oratory is praised as the literature of the people and denounced as the instrument of the demagogue.’
    • ‘When money is denounced as the root of all evil, we should properly understand it not as banknotes but as bright, treacherous gold.’
    condemn, criticize, attack, censure, castigate, decry, revile, vilify, besmirch, discredit, damn, reject, proscribe
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    1. 1.1 Inform against.
      ‘some of his own priests denounced him to the King for heresy’
      • ‘An informer who denounces someone to the government to be killed, imprisoned, or even fined is likened to an assailant, since being arrested can be a dangerous and traumatic experience.’
      • ‘He was denounced as a traitor, that is, by criminals.’
      • ‘What if the secret services denounced someone based upon information extracted under torture?’
      • ‘Survivors were denounced as traitors and suffered severe discrimination.’
      • ‘If he has not abused his authority and betrayed children, he is still guilty of not denouncing those who did.’
      expose, betray, inform against, inform on
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Origin

Middle English (originally in the sense ‘proclaim’, also ‘proclaim someone to be wicked, a rebel, etc.’): from Old French denoncier, from Latin denuntiare ‘give official information’, based on nuntius ‘messenger’.

Pronunciation

denounce

/dəˈnouns//dəˈnaʊns/