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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.
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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.
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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.
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* 2006 (June): "Gay" activists denounce honourary degrees to be conferred by Toronto's Ryerson University on bio-ethicist Dr.
I did not "denounce" the focus on the Soviet past among the people I met in Moscow at all--I reported it, as part of a discussion of a museum exhibition on one of Stalin's prison camps and, more generally, of how Gorbachev's policy of "openness" had unleashed a wide-ranging discussion of history.
They denounce the conversion of companies into fortresses that are hermetically separated from the client and consumer and staffed by apathetic employees.
"Hezbollah denounces these crimes [that are targeting various areas] in both countries and calls on their citizens [to exercise] more patience, endurance and solidarity to foil the plots of their enemies and prevent them from sowing sectarian strife, chaos and destruction in our Islamic and Arab nations," the statement added.
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I think that our Holy Father denounces these acts of evil in Iraq with complete understanding of the situation, and I applaud him for this as I do for all of his other teachings.
In the end, though, Parsons' little daughter denounces her own father to the Thought Police, after overhearing Parsons utter "Down with Big Brother!" in his sleep.
His anti-Semitic bias comes through when he denounces Ruth Bader Ginsburg, drawing out each syllable of her name to stress her Jewishness.
We need to denounce him in the most unequivocal terms.
The Vision of the Anointed moves from the War on Poverty, the Warren Supreme Court, and other elements of 1960s liberalism to the political correctness of recent years that insists upon gender-neutral language and denounces Mercator-projection maps as culturally biased.
The press union denounces this repressive attitude, and calls on international press freedom organizations to pressure Spanish authorities into recognizing the right of Moroccan journalists to fulfilling their professional mission in both occupied cities.
A UN propaganda film entitled Armed to the Teeth informs the viewer that "legal" weapons are those "used by armies and police forces to protect us." The film denounces civilian ownership of firearms as "illegitimate" and insists that such "illicit" weapons "bring insecurity, pain, suffering and devastation." This view was enshrined as official UN policy in 'we the peoples,' Secretary-General Kofi Annan's official 2000 report.
Morocco "denounces this new manifestation of disdain for the feelings and expectations of the families of those registered on the aborted visit, and condemns the excuses advanced by the other parties to justify this irresponsible act, by trying to lay the blame on the HCR which exclusively monitors this humanitarian operation," Morocco's foreign ministry said in a statement.
The office "vigorously denounces this campaign, which, politically and ethically, should not have been fuelled, directly or indirectly, from inside the House of Representatives." It also warned of the serious repercussion that may result from such campaigns, adding that such attempts only advocate the culture of hopelessness.