ac·​clam·​a·​to·​ry ə-ˈkla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce acclamatory (audio)
: expressing strong and enthusiastic praise or approval : showing or expressing acclamation
acclamatory statements
Spectacular, electrifying, stupendous. Pick any acclamatory adjective you like and it most likely fits the Walnut Street Theatre's production of the hit musical Hairspray.J. Cooper Robb, Philadelphia Weekly, 26 Nov. 2008

Word History


borrowed from New Latin acclāmātōrius, from Latin acclāmāre "to acclaim entry 1" + -tōrius -ory entry 2

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acclamatory was in 1644

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“Acclamatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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