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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There were no bowties or fishing rods, no grand pronouncements about my son’s future interests or identity. Rebecca Christie, Good Housekeeping, "We All Need to Stop With the Gender Reveal Parties," 26 July 2019 Three years after Arendt’s baffled pronouncement, a Mexican anthropologist named Santiago Genovés took up the cause. Nathan Taylor Pemberton, The New Yorker, "“The Raft” Chronicles an Extreme Experiment with Human Nature," 18 July 2019 The results are a reality check on recent pronouncements that the world still has time to meet the Paris goals, said Steven Davis, an Earth systems scientist at UC Irvine and an author of the study, published Monday in the journal Nature. Julia Rosen,, "To meet Paris climate targets, some power plants may need to take an early retirement," 1 July 2019 In the following weeks, Amofah spammed his other social media accounts with suicidal messages, profane slurs and grandiose pronouncements about his own talent. The Washington Post,, "YouTuber Etika found dead in river after cryptic video," 26 June 2019 And just as in 2014, when protesters leveraged wordplay to force authorities to eat their words, demonstrators this month similarly seized every opportunity to appropriate officials’ pronouncements and turn them into powerful protest symbols. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Cantonese is Hong Kong protesters’ power tool of satire and identity," 20 June 2019 Tuesday's faceoff came after years of Democrats bristling over anti-immigrant and racially incendiary pronouncements by Trump. Alan Fram, Fortune, "These Are the 4 Republicans Who Voted to Condemn Trump’s Tweets," 17 July 2019 Tuesday's faceoff came after years of Democrats bristling over anti-immigrant and racially incendiary pronouncements by Trump. Alan Fram And Darlene Superville, Houston Chronicle, "House condemns Trump 'racist' tweets in extraordinary rebuke," 16 July 2019 The showdown came after years of Democrats bristling over anti-immigrant and racially incendiary pronouncements by Trump. Dallas News, "Texas GOP Rep. Will Hurd joins Democrats in vote to condemn Trump's tweets as racist," 16 July 2019

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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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a period when something is suspended

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