denounce

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From Old French denuncier, from Latin dēnūntiō, from de + nūntiō (to announce", "to report", "to denounce), from nūntius (messenger", "message)

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denounce (third-person singular simple present denounces, present participle denouncing, simple past and past participle denounced)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To make known in a formal manner; to proclaim; to announce; to declare.
  2. (transitive) 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. (transitive) 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. (transitive, obsolete) 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. (transitive) To announce the termination of; especially a treaty or armistice.

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