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 (dĭ-nŭn′sē-ā′shən, -shē-)
1. The act or an instance of denouncing, especially a public condemnation or censure.
2. The reporting of a person to the authorities for possible criminal prosecution.

[Middle English denunciacioun, from Latin dēnūntiātiō, dēnūntiātiōn-, from dēnūntiātus, past participle of dēnūntiāre, to announce; see denounce.]

de·nun′ci·a′tive (-ā′tĭv, -ə-tĭv), de·nun′ci·a·to′ry (-ə-tôr′ē) adj.


(dɪˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ʃi-)

also de•nun•ci•a•tive

(-ˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv)

characterized by or given to denunciation.
de•nun′ci•a`tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.denunciatory - containing warning of punishment
inculpative, inculpatory - causing blame to be imputed to


Containing, relating to, or involving an accusation:
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Certainly neither I nor Fernand," said Danglars, rising and looking at the young man, who still remained seated, but whose eye was fixed on the denunciatory sheet of paper flung into the corner.
He was steadying himself on my shoulder with a strong grip, while his other arm, flung up rigidly, pointed a denunciatory finger at the immense tranquillity of the ocean.
He had made up his mind to see her advance with a measured step and a demure solemnity of countenance; he had felt sure that her face would be mantled with the smile of conscious saintship, or else charged with denunciatory bitterness.
The Bard' is the imagined denunciatory utterance of a Welsh bard, the sole survivor from the slaughter of the bards made by Edward I of England on his conquest of Wales.
Hale's rejoinder, when I had read the item aloud; but the incident evidently weighed upon his mind, for late in the afternoon, with many epithets denunciatory of his foolishness, he asked me to acquaint the police with the affair.
He pressed a denunciatory finger to his breast with force, and became perfectly still.
On the contrary, Ira is never willing to question his belief system and spends the rest of his life after Eve's denunciatory publication as a disappointed loner in Zinc Town, where he makes a living by selling tourist souvenirs.
Ironically but also sharply denunciatory, she argues that insecurity and a climate of stressful competitiveness in academy foster greed, suspicion and selfishness among colleagues and within academic institutions.
An outspoken critic of fascism, his reputation likely would have grown if he had lived long enough to face stronger political persecution, and his denunciatory novella Youth Without God (Jugend Ohne Gott 119371) might have enjoyed a healthy reputation in English.
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Less violently denunciatory but nonetheless sharply critical poetic versions of the march can easily be found elsewhere in periodical verse.
Most of the contributors to Trans identify as Christians of various denominations, and the more conservative branches adopt a hard-line denunciatory approach.