Definition of proclamation in English:


Line breaks: proc¦lam|ation
Pronunciation: /prɒkləˈmeɪʃn


  • 1A public or official announcement dealing with a matter of great importance: the issuing by the monarch of a proclamation dissolving Parliament
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    • Army scientists, who are not accustomed to making public health proclamations, wrongly reassured authorities without sufficiently testing the spread potential of this dangerous anthrax.
    • Among his first public proclamations was a call for the relief of the poor and the establishment of community chests to provide interest-free loans to the needy.
    • Such proclamations by top U.S. officials blend in with the dominant media scenery.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The public or official announcement of an important matter: the government restricted the use of water by proclamation
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    • Officials governed by proclamation and government notices that could not easily be challenged in court - one of the last refuges for constitutional opposition.
    • He also emphasizes the attractiveness of public proclamation, the performance of miracles and the spreading of rumor as ways that ideas from the outside took hold within an urban environment.
    • The Ministry of Revenue's new Taxpayer Fairness and Service Code is a welcome public proclamation of the standards of behaviour taxpayers can and should expect in dealing with the Ministry.
  • 1.2A clear declaration of something: they often make proclamations about their heterosexuality
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    • Pastor Noel Ramsey gave a brief history of the church and concluded with a clear proclamation of what the church believes.
    • He finished off his proclamation by loudly swearing.
    • The eye is staggered by the range of it, the boldness of it, the proclamation of Nature's passionate excess.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin proclamatio(n-), from proclamare 'shout out' (see proclaim).

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