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1 speak out against; "He denounced the Nazis"
2 to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful; "He denounced the government action"; "She was stigmatized by society because she had a child out of wedlock" [syn: stigmatize, stigmatise, brand, mark]
3 announce the termination of, as of treaties
4 give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam" [syn: tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag]

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From dénoncer, denoncier, from dēnūntiō, dēnūnciō; from de- + nūntiō "announce, report", from nūntius "messenger, message."


  • /di'naʊns/ or /də'naʊns/
  • Rhymes with: -aʊns


  1. In the context of "transitive|archaic": To make known in a formal manner; to proclaim; to announce; to declare.
    denouncing wrath to come (Milton)
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. To proclaim in a threatening manner; to threaten by some outward sign or expression; make a menace of.
    to denounce war; to denounce punishment
  5. To announce the termination of; especially a treaty or armistice.


To make known in a formal manner
To criticize or speak out against
To make a formal or public accusation against
To proclaim in a threatening manner
To announce the termination of; especially a treaty


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