A denunciation is a public reprimand in which you are told that you've done wrong. If you get caught skipping school, expect denunciation — by teachers, your principal, parents and maybe even your friends.

When you harshly criticize someone or something in front of other people, it's a denunciation, like an opinion piece that appears in a newspaper. Sometimes denunciation has the meaning of telling on or exposing someone's misdeeds, like a juicy, book-length denunciation of a famous guitarist written by a former bandmate. The Latin root word is denuntiare, "to announce, proclaim, denounce, or command."

Definitions of denunciation

n a public act of denouncing

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severe censure
diatribe, fulmination
thunderous verbal attack
broadside, philippic, tirade
a speech of violent denunciation
condemnation, curse, execration
an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
imprecation, malediction
the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
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speech act
the use of language to perform some act

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