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de·nounce / diˈnouns/ • v. [tr.] publicly declare to be wrong or evil: the Assembly denounced the use of violence he was widely denounced as a traitor. ∎  inform against: some of his own priests denounced him to the King for heresy. DERIVATIVES: de·nounce·ment n. de·nounc·er n. ORIGIN: Middle English (originally in the sense ‘proclaim, announce,’ also ‘proclaim someone to be wicked, cursed, a rebel, etc.’): from Old French denoncier, from Latin denuntiare ‘give official information,’ based on nuntius ‘messenger.’

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denounce declare to be XIII; give formal information of XIV; declare to be evil XVII; (after modF.) announce formally the termination of XIX. — OF. denoncier (mod. dénoncer) :- L. dēnuntiāre give official intimation, f. DE- 3 + nuntiāre make known, report.

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