pro·​nounce·​ment | \prə-ˈnau̇n(t)s-mənt \

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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As such a pronouncement indicates, Mr. Tóibín is writing here as a psychoanalytic literary biographer, somewhat in the Janet Malcolm mode. Maureen Corrigan, WSJ, "‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know’ Review: Prodigal Fathers, Difficult Sons," 25 Oct. 2018 With Microsoft making similarly bold pronouncements about game-streaming in 2019, this will at least be an interesting sector to watch in the next few months, if not a convincing one. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Google’s Project Stream: That’s really a full Assassin’s Creed in my browser," 9 Oct. 2018 Making arch pronouncements from kings, queens and advisers believable is no easy feat. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: In Praise of 10 Superbly Written TV Series," 23 May 2018 But, as this public pronouncement shows, some things are just too wonderful to keep quiet. Vogue, "Karlie Kloss Is Engaged to Joshua Kushner," 24 July 2018 Public officials making empty pronouncements and bad policies. David Zurawik,, "'The Tunnel' returns to PBS and speaks truth to our border and immigration debate," 28 June 2018 But diplomats said all 15 council members agreed late Tuesday on the presidential statement, which would be the first pronouncement by the council on Ukraine since January 2017. Washington Post, "UN expected to adopt statement encouraging peace in Ukraine," 7 June 2018 Officials asked some groups to organize study sessions to discuss the party pronouncements coming out of the plenum., "China's long arm reaches into American campuses," 7 Mar. 2018 In years past, this conference has been all about big pronouncements. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Home From the Honeymoon, the Self-Driving Car Industry Faces Reality," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of pronouncement

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pronouncement was in 1593

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English Language Learners Definition of pronouncement

: an official public statement


pro·​nounce·​ment | \prə-ˈnau̇ns-mənt \

Kids Definition of pronouncement

: an official or solemn statement

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