- 1to strongly criticize somebody/something that you think is wrong, illegal, etc. denounce somebody/something She publicly denounced the government's handling of the crisis. denounce somebody/something as something The project was denounced as a scandalous waste of public money.
- 2to tell the police, the authorities, etc. about somebody’s illegal political activities denounce somebody as something They were denounced as spies. denounce somebody (to somebody) Many people denounced their neighbours to the secret police. see also denunciation Word Origin Middle English (originally in the sense ‘proclaim’, also ‘proclaim someone to be wicked, a rebel, etc.’): from Old French denoncier, from Latin denuntiare
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaʊns//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaʊns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they denounce
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaʊns//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaʊns//he / she / it denounces
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaʊnsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaʊnsɪz//past simple denounced
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaʊnst//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaʊnst//past participle denounced
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaʊnst//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaʊnst//-ing form denouncing
BrE BrE//dɪˈnaʊnsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaʊnsɪŋ//