Definition of denunciation in US English:



  • 1Public condemnation of someone or something.

    ‘denunciation of his reckless methods’
    count noun ‘a denunciation of the bombing’
    • ‘There were sharp interventions and denunciations of the present globalisation process as the root of widespread poverty.’
    • ‘When is the world going to recoil in horror and issue fierce denunciations of all this too?’
    • ‘These denunciations of his policies as responsible for the South's growing relative impoverishment no longer look convincing.’
    • ‘The government camp has reacted to the mounting protests with frenzied denunciations.’
    • ‘The reason these denunciations of the use of urgency carry some weight is because its misuse raises important questions of democratic oversight.’
    • ‘But critics who want to portray themselves as moderate would do well to moderate their wild denunciations.’
    • ‘They issued the immediate denunciations and condemnations, even called them idiots and monsters.’
    • ‘I'd get these eight-page denunciations, accusing me of didacticism, as if I hadn't already thought of that.’
    • ‘However, in the subsequent rainstorm of denunciations posted on popular websites, there was rarely any judicious analysis.’
    • ‘Since then, the playwright has enjoyed a certain amount of notoriety, as much for his denunciations of the theatre establishment as for his work.’
    • ‘That kind of talk drew barbs and denunciations from media quarters that had applauded his efforts to end racial segregation.’
    • ‘Litigation, public denunciations, and even bribery proved fruitless.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Half a world away, however, the discovery has provoked howls of outrage and denunciations of a woman formerly held in the highest regard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Responding to this personal attack, Paul's comments are a sarcastic rebuttal of the denunciations of his victims.’
    uncovering, revelation, showing, display, exhibition, disclosure, manifestation, unveiling, unmasking
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    1. 1.1 The action of informing against someone.
      • ‘In addition to self-denunciation, they wallowed in orgies of accusation against others.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even after Nicholas ordered that false denunciations should be punished, the flood of accusations continued.’


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.