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