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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Hevelius surrounded one lunar map with baroque flourishes: cherubs brandishing pronouncements, looking through telescopes or studiously drawing. Vicki Goldberg, New York Times, "The Moon Sits for Its Portrait," 3 July 2019 Like many of Trump’s pronouncements, his tweet may be more about stirring up public attention and anger than setting policy or issuing clear orders to federal authorities. Eli Stokols,, "Trump vows to deport ‘millions’ of migrants, but it’s unclear how," 18 June 2019 In his first pronouncements as a potential politician, a New York developer took out newspaper ads calling for reinstating the death penalty for the five and helping to generate mass hysteria. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD professor Anthony Davis’ opera ‘The Central Park Five’ goes where Netflix doesn’t dare," 17 June 2019 Trump likely added to their profits by backtracking on his NHS comments within hours of his previous pronouncement on the subject. Nic Robertson, CNN, "The week that finally laid bare the Brexit myths," 9 June 2019 What the women thought of Paul, about his pronouncements or their own place in the world, the Scriptures do not say. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Miriam Toews’s Quiet Revolution," 26 June 2019 As The Chief reminds us, this sense that something is wrong is underscored by Roberts’s own recent behavior, viewed in light of his earlier pronouncements. Carson Holloway, National Review, "John Roberts: A Political Judge?," 20 June 2019 Since then, sports media have focused on medical pronouncements, the calculations made by coach Steve Kerr to put Durant in, and the player’s free agent status in the league. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Kevin Durant’s plight is highlighting the emotional toll of injuries on workers," 13 June 2019 Making this pronouncement is officious Lord Nooth, the governor of the area's spiffy bronze age town, who's played by Hiddleston like a foppish, money-hungry Roman provincial functionary with a truly eccentric accent. Kenneth Turan,, "The gently amusing "Early Man" showcases Nick Park's offbeat humor," 15 Feb. 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


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

Kids Definition of pronouncement

: an official or solemn statement

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