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UK [dɪˈnaʊns] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "denounce":
present tense I/you/we/they denounce he/she/it denounces present participle denouncing past tense denounced past participle denounced
1) to criticize someone or something severely in public

American trade policies have been denounced by some European governments.

denounce someone/something as:

Some groups have denounced Bush's decision as ill-judged.

2) to tell an authority such as the police that a particular person is responsible for a crime
denounce someone to someone:

It was his own brother who denounced him to the secret police.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Denounce — De*nounce , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Denounced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Denouncing}.] [F. d[ e]noncer, OF. denoncier, fr. L. denuntiare, denunciare; de + nunciare, nuntiare, to announce, report, nuntius a messenger, message. See {Nuncio}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • denounce — I (condemn) verb anathematize, animadvert, asperse, assail, assail with censure, assault, attack, be censorious, belittle, berate, besmear, besmirch, blackball, blacken, blacklist, brand, bring into discredit, bring to account, call to account,… …   Law dictionary

  • denounce — early 14c., announce, from O.Fr. denoncier (12c., Mod.Fr. dénoncer), from L. denuntiare to announce, proclaim; denounce, menace; command, order, from de down + nuntiare proclaim, announce, from nuntius messenger (see NUNCIO (Cf. nuncio)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • denounce — [dē nouns′, dinouns′] vt. denounced, denouncing [ME denouncen < OFr denoncier < L denuntiare: see DENUNCIATION] 1. to accuse publicly; inform against [to denounce an accomplice in crime] 2. to condemn strongly as evil 3. to give formal… …   English World dictionary

  • denounce — condemn, censure, reprobate, reprehend, blame, *criticize Analogous words: *accuse, charge, arraign, impeach, incriminate, indict: *decry, disparage, depreciate: revile, vituperate (see SCOLD) Antonyms: eulogize Contrasted words: *commend,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • denounce — [v] condemn, attack accuse, adjudicate, arraign, blacklist, blame, boycott, brand, castigate, censure, charge, charge with, criticize, damn, declaim, decry, denunciate, derogate, dress down, excoriate, expose, finger*, hang something on*, impeach …   New thesaurus

  • denounce — ► VERB ▪ publicly declare to be wrong or evil. DERIVATIVES denouncement noun denouncer noun. ORIGIN Latin denuntiare give official information , from nuntius messenger …   English terms dictionary

  • denounce — v. 1) to denounce roundly 2) (B) to denounce smb. to the police 3) (D; tr.) to denounce as (to denounce smb. as an illegal alien) 4) (K) she denounced his drinking * * * [dɪ naʊns] (B) to denounce smb. to the police (K) she denounced his drinking …   Combinatory dictionary

  • denounce — [[t]dɪna͟ʊns[/t]] denounces, denouncing, denounced 1) VERB If you denounce a person or an action, you criticize them severely and publicly because you feel strongly that they are wrong or evil. [V n] The letter called for trade union freedom and… …   English dictionary

  • denounce — verb /diˈnaʊns,dəˈnaʊns/ a) To criticize or speak out against (someone or something); to point out as deserving of reprehension or punishment, etc.; to openly accuse or condemn in a threatening manner; to invoke censure upon; to stigmatize; to …   Wiktionary


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