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to scold, rebuke, or harshly criticize
Mr. Castle preferred not to castigate student misbehavior publicly; instead, he would quietly send the troublemaker to the principal's office.
to issue official blame
In recent years the FCC as censured networks for the provocative antics of Super Bowl halftime acts; what goes on during the game, however, usually escapes the organization's notice.
to condemn openly
In many powerful speeches throughout lifetime, Martin Luther King Jr. denounced racism as immoral.
seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation
Our neighbors were quite reclusive, hardly ever emerging from behind the closed doors of their home.
to retire from; give up or abandon
Ricky relinquished his career in order to search for the source of the world's best relish.
to give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement
Nancy renounced her given name and began selling records under the moniker "Boedicia".
marked by harshly abusive condemnation
The vituperative speech was so cruel that the members left feeling completely abused.