One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Public condemnation of someone or something.
uncovering, revelation, showing, display, exhibition, disclosure, manifestation, unveiling, unmaskingView synonyms
- ‘That kind of talk drew barbs and denunciations from media quarters that had applauded his efforts to end racial segregation.’
- ‘Half a world away, however, the discovery has provoked howls of outrage and denunciations of a woman formerly held in the highest regard.’
- ‘But critics who want to portray themselves as moderate would do well to moderate their wild denunciations.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘These denunciations of his policies as responsible for the South's growing relative impoverishment no longer look convincing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Responding to this personal attack, Paul's comments are a sarcastic rebuttal of the denunciations of his victims.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They issued the immediate denunciations and condemnations, even called them idiots and monsters.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘I'd get these eight-page denunciations, accusing me of didacticism, as if I hadn't already thought of that.’
- ‘Litigation, public denunciations, and even bribery proved fruitless.’
- ‘Religious heresy denunciations do not appear often, outside of certain insular ultra-orthodox circles.’
- ‘However, in the subsequent rainstorm of denunciations posted on popular websites, there was rarely any judicious analysis.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘The government camp has reacted to the mounting protests with frenzied denunciations.’
- ‘Since then, the playwright has enjoyed a certain amount of notoriety, as much for his denunciations of the theatre establishment as for his work.’
- ‘The reason these denunciations of the use of urgency carry some weight is because its misuse raises important questions of democratic oversight.’
- 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.
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