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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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 Such pronouncements just feed the political battle in Iran. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iran protests: why Rouhani's foes are backing off their hard line," 2 July 2018 These generic pronouncements are hardly 40-shades-of-Fenty nuanced. Amy Keller Laird, SELF, "Wellness Instagram Is Actually Bringing Me Down," 21 June 2018 Given how widely applicable machine learning seems to be, such pronouncements are bound to alarm white-collar workers, from engineers to lawyers. The Economist, "AI, radiology and the future of work," 7 June 2018 Neither the aerospace giant nor the commercial aircraft industry in general have been mentioned in any official tariff pronouncements by the Trump Administration or Beijing. Alex Frangos, WSJ, "What Boeing Has to Lose in a U.S.-China Trade War," 23 Mar. 2018 Normally, a President would only make such a pronouncements after weeks of briefings and meetings, after poring over policy papers providing an in-depth understanding of the battlefield and a set of options on a tough issue. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump embraces his instincts at a key global moment," 2 Apr. 2018 Fresh off cementing his place as the Spurs’ new all-time steals king, Manu Ginobili stepped in front of a bank of cameras and microphones late Thursday night and made a pronouncement. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "‘Every game is an education’ for Spurs’ Dejounte Murray," 31 Mar. 2018 With the prospect of several inches of wet snow looming, D.C. school leaders made the call to cancel classes at 7 p.m. Tuesday — a pronouncement that, much to the surprise of parents on social media, came hours earlier than usual. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "What does it take to call a school snow day? A lot of frantic emails.," 21 Mar. 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

: an official public statement


pro·nounce·ment | \prə-ˈnau̇ns-mənt \

Kids Definition of pronouncement

: an official or solemn statement

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a state of commotion or excitement

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