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- (transitive, obsolete) To make known in a formal manner; to proclaim; to announce; to declare.
- (transitive) To criticize or speak out against (someone or something); to point out as deserving of reprehension, 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
- 2013 May 23, Sarah Lyall, "British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
- Mr. Cameron had a respite Thursday from the negative chatter swirling around him when he appeared outside 10 Downing Street to denounce the murder a day before of a British soldier on a London street.
- (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
- (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
- (transitive) To announce the termination of; especially a treaty or armistice.
- 2020 December 29, Matthew Scott, “How could Priti Patel reintroduce the death penalty?”, in BarristerBlogger (blog), archived from the original on 30 December 2020:
- It would be possible to “denounce” (leave) the Convention altogether, but short of that, legislation to restore the death penalty would place the UK government in breach of its treaty obligations under the ECHR; it would breach international law.
- (US, historical) To claim the right of working a mine that is abandoned or insufficiently worked.
to make known in a formal manner
to criticize or speak out against
to make a formal or public accusation against
to proclaim in a threatening manner
to announce the termination of; especially a treaty
- denounce in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- denounce in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.