verb (used with object), de·nounced, de·nounc·ing.

  1. to condemn or censure openly or publicly: to denounce a politician as morally corrupt.
  2. to make a formal accusation against, as to the police or in a court.
  3. to give formal notice of the termination or denial of (a treaty, pact, agreement, or the like).
  4. Archaic. to announce or proclaim, especially as something evil or calamitous.
  5. Obsolete. to portend.

verb (tr)

  1. to deplore or condemn openly or vehemently
  2. to give information against; accuse
  3. to announce formally the termination of (a treaty, etc)
  4. obsolete
    1. to announce (something evil)
    2. to portend

early 14c., “announce,” from Old French denoncier (12c., Modern French dénoncer), from Latin denuntiare “to announce, proclaim; denounce, menace; command, order,” from de- “down” + nuntiare “proclaim, announce,” from nuntius “messenger” (see nuncio). Negative sense in English via meaning “to declare or proclaim” something as cursed, excommunicated, forgiven, removed from office. Related: Denounced; denouncing.

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