What does denounce mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. denounceverb

    speak out against

    "He denounced the Nazis"

  2. stigmatize, stigmatise, brand, denounce, markverb

    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"

  3. denounceverb

    announce the termination of, as of treaties

  4. denounce, tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stagverb

    give away information about somebody

    "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"


  1. denounceverb

    To make known in a formal manner; to proclaim; to announce; to declare.

  2. denounceverb

    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. denounceverb

    To make a formal or public accusation against; to inform against; to accuse.

  4. denounceverb

    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. denounceverb

    To announce the termination of; especially a treaty or armistice.

  6. Etymology: From denoncier, from denuntio, from de- + nuntio, from nuntius

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DENOUNCEverb

    Etymology: denuncio, Latin; denoncer, French.

    I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish. Deut.

    He of their wicked ways
    Shall them admonish, denouncing wrath to come
    On their impenitence. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 815.

    They impose their wild conjectures for laws upon others, and denounce war against all that receive them not. Dec. of Piety.

    He ended frowning, and his look denounc’d
    Desperate revenge, and battle dangerous
    To less than gods. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 106.

    The sea grew white; the rolling waves from far,
    Like heralds, first denounce the watry war. Dryden.

    Archdeacons ought to propose parts of the New Testament to be learned by heart by inferior clergymen, and denounce such as are negligent. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. denounce

    Denounce generally refers to a public condemnation or criticism of someone or something, often due to perceived wrongdoings or faults. It can also mean to inform against someone, typically in a legal or official context, or to announce formally or officially the end of something, such as a treaty.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Denounceverb

    to make known in a solemn or official manner; to declare; to proclaim (especially an evil)

  2. Denounceverb

    to proclaim in a threatening manner; to threaten by some outward sign or expression

  3. Denounceverb

    to point out as deserving of reprehension or punishment, etc.; to accuse in a threatening manner; to invoke censure upon; to stigmatize

  4. Etymology: [F. dnoncer, OF. denoncier, fr. L. denuntiare, denunciare; de- + nunciare, nuntiare, to announce, report, nuntius a messenger, message. See Nuncio, and cf. Denunciate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Denounce

    de-nowns′, v.t. to inform against or accuse publicly: (U.S.) to claim the right of working a mine, as being abandoned or insufficiently worked.—ns. Denounce′ment (same as Denunciation); Denounc′er. [Fr. dénoncer—L. denuntiārede, inten., and nuntiāre, to announce.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of denounce in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of denounce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of denounce in a Sentence

  1. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez:

    In the OAS, we announced that if these intrusive, arbitrary, illicit, misdirected and rude actions were to persist against the sovereignty of our country, we would immediately proceed to denounce the letter of OAS and to initiate the definite withdrawal of Venezuela form this regional organization.

  2. Fumio Kishida:

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a unilateral attempt to change the status quo and the act shakes the foundation of the international order. It’s an outright violation to international law and we strongly denounce the act, japan stands by the Ukrainian people who are fighting hard to defend their sovereignty and territory, their homeland and families.

  3. Frank Dane:

    Preachers denounce sin as if it was available to everyone.

  4. Werley Nortreus:

    I denounce acts of racism and hates towards black people in Ukraine and across the world.

  5. Henrique Coelho Caamaño:

    Our job here is not to denounce anyone, we do not have a direct focus on the police or on the drug gangs, our focus is really to get people out of the way of stray bullets.

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  • وَشىArabic
  • порицавам, оповестявам, осъждам, денонсирам, обвинявамBulgarian
  • denunciarCatalan, Valencian
  • vyhlásit, vypovědět, označit, nařknoutCzech
  • opsige, bekendtgøre, anklage, beskyldeDanish
  • verurteilen, kündigenGerman
  • denunciarSpanish
  • محکوم کردنPersian
  • sanoa irti, ilmoittaa, syyttää, tuomita, irtisanoa, ilmiantaa, antaa ilmi, julistaaFinnish
  • dénoncer, balancerFrench
  • troid, càin, rach an aghaidh, cronaichScottish Gaelic
  • גינה, הוקיעHebrew
  • आरोप लगा देनाHindi
  • 非難Japanese
  • opzeggen, beschuldigen, aanklagen, bekendmaken, afkeurenDutch
  • zadenuncjować, wypowiedzieć, potępićPolish
  • acusar, denunciarPortuguese
  • денонсировать, осведомлять, угрожать, обвинять, обличать, разоблачать, осуждать, оповещать, пригрозить, оглашать, доносить, извещать, порицатьRussian
  • udaťSlovak
  • rapportera, föreskriva, kritisera, kunggöra, säga upp, anmäla, fördöma, beskylla, anklagaSwedish
  • ปรักปรำThai
  • انکارUrdu

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