Definition of denunciation in English:


Line breaks: de|nun¦ci|ation
Pronunciation: /dɪˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1Public condemnation of someone or something: denunciation of his reckless methods [count noun]: a denunciation of the bombing
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    • Litigation, public denunciations, and even bribery proved fruitless.
    • They issued the immediate denunciations and condemnations, even called them idiots and monsters.
    • Responding to this personal attack, Paul's comments are a sarcastic rebuttal of the denunciations of his victims.
  • 1.1The action of informing against someone.
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    • Even after Nicholas ordered that false denunciations should be punished, the flood of accusations continued.
    • In addition to self-denunciation, they wallowed in orgies of accusation against others.
    • She wrote out carefully and with a steady hand that denunciation of Citizen-Deputy Déroulède which has become an historical document, and is preserved in the chronicles of France.



Pronunciation: /-ˈnʌnsɪeɪtə, -ˈnʌnʃɪeɪtə/
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  • Usually the denunciator is not strong himself, otherwise he would not find time for condemnation.
  • The artist exposes himself within his work as both a denunciator and a manipulator of the media.
  • No great poet has ever forgotten his mission as a prophet, the denunciator of evil and upholder of virtue.


Pronunciation: /dɪˈnʌnsɪət(ə)ri, -ˈnʌnʃɪət(ə)ri/
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  • If I forgot anybody, send me a denunciatory e-mail.
  • This denunciatory zeal has not jeopardized historical vision - if anything, it has inspired some of the finest work of a generation.
  • European newspapers published denunciatory editorials by writers who had never set foot on any mountain, let alone the Matterhorn.


late Middle English: from Latin denuntiatio(n-), from the verb denuntiare (see denounce). The original sense was 'public announcement', also 'formal accusation'; the main sense dates from the mid 19th century.

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