de|nounce [dıˈnauns] v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: denoncier 'to announce', from Latin denuntiare, from nuntiare 'to report']
1.) to express strong disapproval of someone or something, especially in public
Amnesty International denounced the failure by the authorities to take action.
denounce sb/sth as sth
He denounced the election as a farce.
2.) to give information to the police or other authority about someone's illegal political activities
denounce sb to sb
She denounced him to the secret police.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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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

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  • 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

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  • 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 */ — 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… …   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