Denounce meaning

dĭ-nouns
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.

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To give formal notice of the ending of (a treaty, armistice, etc.)
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To condemn openly as being wrong or reprehensible.
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To inform against (someone); accuse publicly.
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(obs.) To announce, esp. in a menacing way.
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To accuse publicly; inform against.

To denounce an accomplice in crime.

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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.

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To give formal announcement of the ending of (a treaty).
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To condemn strongly as evil.
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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.

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To announce the termination of; especially a treaty or armistice.
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1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost.

And full of peace, denouncing wrath to come.

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Origin of denounce

  • Middle English denouncen to proclaim from Anglo-Norman denuncier Medieval Latin dēnūntiāre both from Latin dē- de- nūntiāre to announce (from nūntius messenger neu- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French denuncier, from Latin dēnūntiō, from de + nūntiō (“to announce", "to report", "to denounce”), from nūntius (“messenger", "message”)

    From Wiktionary