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1. Law obsolete a charge or accusation of crime made by an individual before a public prosecutor or tribunal
2. a formal announcement of the termination of a treaty



(in international law) the refusal of one party to an international treaty to fulfill the terms of the treaty, which entails its termination. As a rule, the right of denunciation is provided for in the treaty itself, as are the conditions thereof.



(1) A false accusation made against someone.

(2) In Soviet law, testimony by the accused (defendant), victim, or witness that falsely accuses another person of committing a crime.

Unlike a false report, a denunciation can only be made during an interrogation at agencies of preliminary investigation or in court. A denunciation may be made against any person regardless of whether criminal proceedings have been instituted against the person. It may result from a bona fide error (a mistake in evaluating the actions of the person about whom testimony is given or an incorrect interpretation of facts), or it may be testimony known to be false. Only a denunciation known to be false, given by a witness or victim, is punishable.

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The more weight this function and the denunciatory aspect of punishment assume, the less problematic a mandatory minimum penalty becomes.
As for the much-debated question of voluntary denunciations by ordinary Germans, the authors conclude that denunciatory practices were not as important to the Gestapo's operations as some have argued.
Furthermore, imagine the increased venom and up-the-ante attacks replete with invectives and denunciatory language spewed by White students and the surrounding communities when any one of the Little Rock Nine showed evidence of being worn down and emotionally and physically depleted.
By taking the reader through the details of the writers' everyday struggles, denunciatory practices, drinking habits, personal proclivities, and romantic liaisons, Zolotonosov's more than 600 pages of commentary effectively represent an encyclopedia of Leningrad literary life and an invaluable source for anyone interested in the postwar Soviet literary process in general.
Delusions of guilt 4 = Hears accusatory or denunciatory voices and/or experiences, threatening visual hallucinations 3.
Mason then shifts to other exemplary figures, such as Alexander Pope, who benefited greatly from various publicity schemes, and Samuel Richardson, who managed to arrange for puffs of his Pamela in pulpit, in bespoke article, in the book itself (with carefully placed testimonies), and perhaps even through a denunciatory pamphlet that conveniently pointed out the lubricious passages of the novel.
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.
Adding to this problem, as other psychologists noted also, is that too often preachers would intensify this gloom-and-doom outlook by engaging in strongly denunciatory sermons, leaving people to consider the gap between their own and ideal Christian conduct, the morality of the gospel, as Ellis puts it; Prichard reinforces this point (p 143).
Bailey, who had access to all of Cheever's journals rather than simply the small portion published by editor Robert Gottlieb, quotes analogous passages not otherwise available: "love, humor, and serenity" (435), "Work, discipline, self-respect" (486), or "covetousness, exhibitionism and a stony heart"--the latter applied in a denunciatory manner to friend and occasional rival John Updike (Bailey 499).
Here, however, the description is picturesque rather than denunciatory, as the narrator directs the reader's attention towards the "relief" offered to workers by the benevolence of the mining company that located its office in a town relatively less difficult to reach.
Greene has bloodied Duvalier with his pen, and the Voodoo dictator's palpable anger is evident in his risible attempt to avenge the writer by publishing a glossy denunciatory official pamphlet.