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1‘the pope denounced abortion and the use of contraceptives’
condemn, criticize, attack, censure, castigate, decry, revile, vilify, besmirch, discredit, damn, reject, proscribe
find fault with, cast aspersions on, malign, pour scorn on, rail against, inveigh against, fulminate against, declaim against, give something a bad press, run something down
North American slur
informal bad-mouth, knock, pan, slam, hammer, blast, hit out at, lay into, lace into, pull to pieces, pull apart, savage, maul
British informal slate, slag off, have a go at, give some stick to
archaic rate, slash, reprobate
rare vituperate, excoriate, arraign, objurgate, asperse, anathematize, animadvert on, denunciate
2‘he feared he would be denounced as a traitor’
expose, betray, inform against, inform on
incriminate, implicate, cite, name, accuse
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