denounce[dē no̵uns′, di-]
- To denounce is defined as to take a public stand against something and make clear you don't like or are condemning it.
An example of denounce is when you publicly speak out against corporate pollution.
transitive verbdenounced, denouncing
- to accuse publicly; inform against: to denounce an accomplice in crime
- to condemn strongly as evil
- to give formal notice of the ending of (a treaty, armistice, etc.)
- Obsolete to announce, esp. in a menacing way
Origin of denounceMiddle English denouncen ; from Old French denoncier ; from Classical Latin denuntiare: see denunciation
transitive verbde·nounced, de·nounc·ing, de·nounc·es
- To condemn openly as being wrong or reprehensible. See Synonyms at criticize.
- To inform against (someone); accuse publicly.
- To give formal announcement of the ending of (a treaty).
Origin of denounceMiddle English denouncen, to proclaim, from Anglo-Norman denuncier and Medieval Latin dēnūntiāre, both from Latin : dē-, de- + nūntiāre, to announce (from nūntius, messenger; see neu- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present denounces, present participle denouncing, simple past and past participle denounced)
- 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost:
- And full of peace, denouncing wrath to come
- 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 blame.
- to denounce someone as a swindler, or as a coward
- To make a formal or public accusation against; to inform against; to accuse.
- to denounce a confederate in crime
- to denounce someone to the authorities
- To announce the termination of; especially a treaty or armistice.