pro·​nounce·​ment | \ prə-ˈnau̇n(t)s-mənt How to pronounce pronouncement (audio) \

Definition of pronouncement

1 : a usually formal declaration of opinion
2 : an authoritative announcement

Examples of pronouncement in a Sentence

He made some important pronouncements on government policy.

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After the president’s pronouncement, those families now fear the administration may back out of collecting that penalty on behalf of victims. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump has blinked on China," 21 May 2018 All modern presidents have been aware that their every movement and pronouncement is being recorded, played back and analyzed to death. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Why Donald Trump talked about 'ratings' standing next to 3 recently freed prisoners," 10 May 2018 But her pronouncements on tax policy mark a positive start in shaking off the woolly economic centrism of her mentor, Mrs. Merkel. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Growth Debate for Germany," 21 Jan. 2019 North Korea experts have rejected Trump’s pronouncement, however, noting Pyongyang’s long history of deception and the fact that Trump did not obtain an agreement from Kim. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "North Korea May Have Ramped Up Nuclear Production," 30 June 2018 In the 1970s, Halston’s Ultrasuede shirt dress, one of his best-selling designs, could be worn unapologetically in lieu of a suit.’ Eighty years after Vogue’s pronouncement, the shirt dress is among the current season’s big trends. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "The Surprisingly Feminist Story of the Shirt Dress," 15 June 2018 But in a possibly more consequential development, after years of accepting Musk’s pronouncements at face value, the press has begun to scrutinize Tesla. Brent Goldfarb And David Kirsch, Vox, "Why is Elon Musk raging at “big media”? Because he’s finally being called on his tall tales.," 30 May 2018 That spooked investors already worried that Mr Erdogan’s pronouncements on monetary policy are hampering the central bank’s freedom to raise rates. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 Apr. 2018 In the winter of 2018 these pronouncements read more like an epitaph for a bygone golden age. Michael Kimmage, New Republic, "What Happened to the European Union?," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pronouncement

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pronouncement

formal : an official public statement


pro·​nounce·​ment | \ prə-ˈnau̇ns-mənt How to pronounce pronouncement (audio) \

Kids Definition of pronouncement

: an official or solemn statement

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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