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denounce (verb) condemn, criticize strongly, especially in public; inform the police or the authorities of someone's secret and illegal political activities.

When you denounce some aspect of the government's policy, you openly condemn it; you disapprove of it. You criticize it strongly and openly. If you are opposed to the rising cost of medical treatment, and the increase in the medical insurance premiums, you denounce it, by expressing your disapproval of it openly. A woman's organization may denounce the government or an organization, if it finds women being discriminated against by it. When you denounce someone, you inform the police or the authorities of their secret political activities, if they are illegal. 'Samantha denounced her neighbor to the police.' This means that Samantha informed the police of the illegal secret political activities of her neighbor.

  • The workers' union denounced the management's withdrawal of certain allowances on the plea of losses in profits and threatened to go on strike if they were not restored.
  • In the former Soviet Union there were plenty of cases of sons denouncing fathers, wives denouncing husbands, etc., to the secret police, with the result that there was an atmosphere of fear and suspicion.
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