toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books

denounce

used in a sentence
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)

Much more rarely, denounce can indicate the termination of a treaty or other formal agreement.
  • She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
  • Angry Iraqis denounced terrorist attacks as harmful to progress for the Iraqi people.
  • denounced = strongly criticized
  • Although Thomas Jefferson denounced inequality, he continued to hold slaves.
  • They set out to improve the image of Islam in America by denouncing hatred and emphasizing the faith's common values with other Western creeds.
  • Luther vigorously denounced the sale of indulgences.
  • My sister spent the next ten minutes denouncing the Greek system of sororities and fraternities.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • denouncing = strongly criticizing
  • In trials that were roundly denounced by human rights groups, the nineteen were eventually given life sentences.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • denounced = strongly criticized
  • The implication is that instead of denouncing sweatshops, we in the West should be encouraging manufacturing in poor countries, particularly in Africa and the Muslim world.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • denouncing = strongly criticizing
  • I denounce this person as a liar, and impeach him as a coward.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • denounce = to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

    or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
  • And he was more interested in denouncing the faults of the capitalist world than in cataloging the failures of socialism.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • denouncing = strongly criticizing
  • it was a time when news about who betrayed, who denounced, and who collaborated spread through nervous Prague
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • denounced = informed against someone to the authorities
  • For good measure, she forbade Felicia to visit her best friend, Herminia, whose father everyone denounced as a witch doctor.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • denounced = strongly criticized or accused
  • They denounce God as a hallucination-a delusional crutch for those too weak to accept that life is meaningless.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • denounce = strongly criticized or accused publicly
  • ...they denounced the American scene as corrupt and degenerate,
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • denounced = strongly and publicly criticized
  • The leaflets denounced the United Nations vote,
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • denounced = strongly criticized
  • the spy's mistress had learned of his activities, and before she could denounce him, he had gunned her down cold-bloodedly.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • denounce = turn him into the authorities
  • ...published a scathing denunciation of the population limitation laws.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • denunciation = criticism
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • His sermon was a forthright denunciation of sin,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • denunciation = strong criticism
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Rowena scathingly denounced her betrothed for getting drunk,
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • denounced = strongly criticized
  • ... and denounced abuses,
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
denounced = strongly criticized

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®
Search for other examples by interest
InterestSource
General — Google News®
General — Time® Magazine
General — Wikipedia®
Architecture — Google® books - Architecture
Business — Bloomberg®
Business — The Economist®
Classic Literature — Google® books - Classical Literature
Engineering — Google® books - Engineering
Engineering — Popular Mechanics®
Engineering — Discover Magazine®
Fine Arts & Music — Google® books - Art
History — Google® books - History
Human Behavior — Google® books - Psychology
Human Behavior — Psychology Today®
Law — FindLaw®
Law — Google® books - Law
Logic & Reasoning — Google® books - Reasoning
Medicine — Web MD®
Medicine — Google® books - Medicine
Nature & Ecology — National Geographic®
Nature & Ecology — Google® books - Nature
Personal Finance — Kiplinger® (Personal Finance)
Philosophy — Google® books - Philosophy
Public Policy & Politics — Newsweek®
Public Policy & Politics — Real Clear Politics®
Public Policy & Politics — Google® books - Politics
Religion & Spirtuality — Google® books - Religion
Religion - Christianity — Bible Gateway®
Religion - Christianity — Google® books - Christianity
Science — Popular Science®
Science — Scientific American®
Science — Google® books - Science
Sports — Sports Illustrated®