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Denounce

De-nounce′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Denounced
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Denouncing
.]
[F.
dénoncer
, OF.
denoncier
, fr. L.
denuntiare
,
denunciare
;
de-
+
nunciare
,
nuntiare
, to announce, report,
nuntius
a messenger, message. See
Nuncio
, and cf.
Denunciate
.]
1.
To make known in a solemn or official manner; to declare; to proclaim (especially an evil).
[Obs.]
Denouncing
wrath to come.
Milton.
I
denounce
unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish.
Deut. xxx. 18.
2.
To proclaim in a threatening manner; to threaten by some outward sign or expression.
His look
denounced
desperate.
Milton.
3.
To point out as deserving of reprehension or punishment, etc.; to accuse in a threatening manner; to invoke censure upon; to stigmatize.
Denounced
for a heretic.
Sir T. More.
To
denounce
the immoralities of Julius Cæsar.
Brougham.

Webster 1828 Edition


Denounce

DENOUNCE

,
Verb.
T.
[L. To tell, or declare.]
1.
To declare solemnly; to proclaim in a threatening manner; to announce or declare, as a threat.
I denounce to you this day, that ye shall surely perish. Deut. 30.
So we say, to denounce war; to denounce wrath.
2.
To threaten by some outward sign, or expression.
His look denounced revenge.
3.
To inform against; to accuse; as, to denounce one for neglect of duty.

Definition 2022


denounce

denounce

English

Verb

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, 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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  • denounce in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • denounce in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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