Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of denouncing, especially a public condemnation or censure.
  • noun The reporting of a person to the authorities for possible criminal prosecution.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of denouncing or announcing; announcement; publication; proclamation; annunciation: as, a faithful denunciation of the gospel.
  • noun Solemn or formal declaration accompanied with a menace: a declaration of intended evil; proclamation of a threat; a public menace: as, a denunciation of war or of wrath.
  • noun In Scots law, the act by which a person who has disobeyed the charge given on letters of horning is outlawed or proclaimed a rebel.
  • noun In civil law, accusation against one of a crime before a public prosecuting officer.
  • noun The act of denouncing a treaty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Proclamation; announcement; a publishing.
  • noun The act of denouncing; public menace or accusation; the act of inveighing against, stigmatizing, or publicly arraigning; arraignment.
  • noun That by which anything is denounced; threat of evil; public menace or accusation; arraignment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Proclamation; announcement; a publishing.
  • noun The act of denouncing; public menace or accusation; the act of inveighing against, stigmatizing, or publicly arraigning; arraignment.
  • noun That by which anything is denounced; threat of evil; public menace or accusation; arraignment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a public act of denouncing

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English denunciacioun, from Latin dēnūntiātiō, dēnūntiātiōn-, from dēnūntiātus, past participle of dēnūntiāre, to announce; see denounce.]

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Examples

  • But to dare to ask the question brought certain denunciation from the neo-conservative political power grid: Only a traitorous, subversive, unpatriotic, flag-burning, communist America-hater would question the virtue of a U.S. military venture.

    August 2005 2005

  • The term denunciation is also applied to matters connected with the Sacrament of Matrimony (see BANNS).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery 1840-1916 1913

  • That mysterious chest, to which you tell me so terrible a denunciation is annexed, shall be preserved sacred as the relics of St.Fillan.

    The Scottish Chiefs 1875

  • Reverend Wright's silence after the 'denunciation' is deafening!

    Indianapolis Star backs Clinton 2008

  • The priest realized the crucial moment, felt his power tottering, opened his mouth in denunciation, but fled backward before the truculent advance, upraised fist, and flashing eyes, of Mackenzie.

    The Sun of the Wolf 2010

  • He seems to think that strident moral denunciation is the only acceptable position to take on anything relating to Nazism.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Real German Resistance to Hitler: The Social Democrats 2009

  • The a singular impression in Act One who has a tiny force of denunciation is a cynic Apemantus.

    Philadelphia Reflections: Shakspere Society of Philadelphia admin 2009

  • “Those sons of monkeys, enemies of God and killers of prophets,” he declared, his voice rising in denunciation of Jews, “are killing our brothers and sisters in Palestine.”

    Matthew Yglesias » The Success of the Surge 2009

  • The a singular impression in Act One who has a tiny force of denunciation is a cynic Apemantus.

    Archive 2009-11-01 admin 2009

  • The priest realized the crucial moment, felt his power tottering, opened his mouth in denunciation, but fled backward before the truculent advance, upraised fist, and flashing eyes, of Mackenzie.

    The Son of the Wolf 2010

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