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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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 But Giuliani's talkative and freewheeling style has irritated many White House officials, who say his frequent pronouncements are unhelpful and have often put the president in difficult positions., "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney," 10 July 2018 These bald pronouncements may strike those familiar with polar history as lacking nuance. Ashley Shelby, New York Times, "To the Poles — Before They Started Melting," 15 June 2018 Even the setting for Democrats’ latest pronouncements seemed off. Liz Goodwin,, "Democrats struggle to forge unifying midterm message," 26 May 2018 After the president's pronouncement, those families now fear the administration may back out of collecting that penalty on behalf of victims. Devlin Barrett,, "Trump's ZTE push could imperil $150 million for terrorism victims," 21 May 2018 That interview, and others, are the way that ... as Chuck says, the best way to fact-check some of the false pronouncements about tariffs. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 Here and there Godard’s voice itself is heard, craggy as the branches of an ancient tree, making doomy, mournful pronouncements. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Cannes Review: Jean-Luc Godard's The Image Book Confounds and Dazzles," 14 May 2018 Tesla is on the hook to better vet his tweets and other pronouncements that contain information deemed material to the auto maker. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Tesla Braces for Uncertainty Amid Shift in Elon Musk’s Role," 30 Sep. 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

formal : an official public statement


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Kids Definition of pronouncement

: an official or solemn statement

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