from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To condemn openly as being evil or reprehensible. See Synonyms at criticize.
- transitive v. To accuse formally.
- transitive v. To give formal announcement of the ending of (a treaty).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make known in a formal manner; to proclaim; to announce; to declare.
- v. 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.
- v. To make a formal or public accusation against; to inform against; to accuse.
- v. To proclaim in a threatening manner; to threaten by some outward sign or expression; make a menace of.
- v. To announce the termination of; especially a treaty or armistice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make known in a solemn or official manner; to declare; to proclaim (especially an evil).
- transitive v. To proclaim in a threatening manner; to threaten by some outward sign or expression.
- transitive v. To point out as deserving of reprehension or punishment, etc.; to accuse in a threatening manner; to invoke censure upon; to stigmatize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make known in a formal manner; proclaim; announce; declare.
- To proclaim or declare as impending or threatened; formally or publicly threaten to do or effect; make a menace of: as, to denounce war; to denounce punishment.
- To proclaim censure or condemnation of; brand publicly; stigmatize; arraign: as, to denounce one as a swindler, or as a coward.
- To make formal or public accusation against; inform against; accuse: used especially where knowledge of wrongful acts has been acquired confidentially or stealthily: as, to denounce a confederate in crime; to denounce one to the authorities.
- In Mexican and Spanish mining-law:
- To lay an information against (a mine) as forfeit because of abandonment, or through being insufficiently worked; hence, to claim the right to work (such a mine) by laying an information against it.
- To announce and register the discovery of (a new mine or mineral deposit), and thus preëmpt; hence, to lay claim to on the ground of discovery and registry.
- In diplomacy, to announce the intention of abrogating (a treaty) in accordance with its provisions or arbitrarily.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. announce the termination of, as of treaties
- v. speak out against
- v. to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
- v. give away information about somebody
Middle English denouncen, to proclaim, from Anglo-Norman denuncier and Medieval Latin dēnūntiāre, both from Latin : dē-, de- + nūntiāre, to announce (from nūntius, messenger; see neu- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French denuncier, from Latin dēnūntiō, from de + nūntiō ("to announce", "to report", "to denounce"), from nūntius ("messenger", "message") (Wiktionary)