Definition of denounce verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    denounce

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ‘give official information’, based on nuntius ‘messenger’.Extra examples Someone in the village must have denounced them to the authorities. Someone must have denounced them to the authorities. The government was bitterly denounced for the emergency measures. These new regulations have been widely denounced. She publicly denounced the government’s handling of the crisis.
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