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denounce (one) as (something)

To openly disparage one as something. If you denounce the councilman as a liar, you better have evidence to support your claim.
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denounce (one) for (something)

To openly disparage one for something that they have done. If you denounce the councilman for lying, then you better have evidence to support your claim.
See also: denounce, for
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

denounce someone as something

to criticize someone as something; to publicly call someone something bad. The mayor denounced her opponent as a crook. Anne was denounced as a cheater.
See also: denounce

denounce someone for something

to criticize someone publicly for doing something. The candidate denounced the governor for raising taxes. Donna denounced the mayor for incompetence.
See also: denounce, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Like denouncers, those who worked in apartment buildings served to buttress the patriarchal authority of the tsarist state by providing the authorities with a network to supervise women deemed to be suspicious.
The question arises (28) whether this characterization, which is so different from the one that was widespread in classical antiquity, can represent--although here the context is comic and the cock is immediately put in a pot!-- a reminiscence of the well-known Gospel episode of the cock's crow connected with Peter's betrayal: (29) here the cock is really a 'denouncer,' an index, and his crowing marks the beginning of a day of pain and death, the day of Jesus' crucifixion.
He announces this intention in a preface, heaping more abuse upon (the now-deceased) Castlereagh, identifying England as the engineer of an international regime of tyranny, and taking on the role of the denouncer of this regime against its bought-off apologists (lines 61-67).
Jerome was a highly controversial exponent of extreme ascetic conduct." Finally, Rebenich reexamines the Origen controversy, suggesting that Jerome's abrupt conversion from supporter to denouncer had more to do with his precarious political situation than a legitimate change of heart, and reminds us that the work for which Jerome is best known, his translation of the Latin Bible, was fraught with controversy during his own lifetime and not accepted until long after his death.
Helen Keller was an avowed socialist, a member of the IWW, a suffragette, a supporter of Eugene Debs and a denouncer of American involvement in WW I.
Once more we return to the idea of excess and how it can function as a denouncer of certain serial killer narrative conventions.
However, as a denouncer of human rights violations, Robinson's record is diametrically opposed to Bush's partisan expediency.
The most mysterious of these mysteries is what prompted Gerrard Winstanley, the passionate denouncer of trade, organised religion and all social organisations of oppression to become, in his later post-Digger life, Gerrard Winstanley the churchwarden, chief constable, Quaker and respected man of commerce?
Why is an "anonymous denouncer" not convicted when his lies have been proven?
Typically for the age, his own denouncer was soon dealt with, while Zhitomirsky was saved by the personal intervention of Lenin's sister and later helped by Shebalin and Shostakovich to have his job restored.
Denouncer? The author dresses up in foreign feathers; he wants to find a word, whether lent or that lends itself, proper or appropriated -- in any case, it is another person's word -- to write it, with the feather of someone who has already died or is about to die, as everyone does.
Garfinkel's third condition of successful degradation ceremonies is that the denouncer must claim more than a private role but must communicate degradation in the name of an [imaginary, unified, and static] public.
The rest of Empedocles' lengthy final soliloquy consists of a listing of the particular dilemmas facing such a talent: the moving from company to isolation and finding neither satisfactory; the loss of hope as a by-product of the loss of youth; the anguish of the mind born too early or too late for "the times"; the impossible choice of being either a charlatan accepted by the "people of children" (2.112) or an unacceptable denouncer of such acceptance; the lack of a oneness with nature; the self-flagellation: "I alone/Am dead to life and joy, therefore I read/In all things my own deadness" (2.320-22); and finally, the inevitable and shameful egoism.
John was an outspoken and fearless denouncer of the sins of his contemporaries.
During a feast, one of the Cossacks stated, "we do not have a sovereign now, that one is not a sovereign but a German, and if he were a true tsar, he would not do as he does, but he just believes in his German faith." Upon hearing these words, the other Cossacks "shouted at that Cossack and chased him out of the hut with their clubs [naseki]." The denouncer had no reason to exculpate the Cossacks because they, in Ivanovs words, beat him and banished him from the township, even planning to kill him, after he attempted to learn the name of the person who insulted the tsar.