- 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.
- 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: Middle English denouncen ; from Old French denoncier ; from Classical Latin denuntiare: see denunciation
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transitive verb de·nounced, de·nounc·ing, de·nounc·es
- To condemn openly as being evil or reprehensible. See Synonyms at criticize.
- To accuse formally.
- To give formal announcement of the ending of (a treaty).
Origin: Middle 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).
- de·nounceˈment noun
- de·nouncˈer noun