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enounce Line breaks: enounce
Pronunciation: /ɪˈnaʊns/

Definition of enounce in English:

verb

[with object] rare
1Utter or pronounce (words): hers was the only voice able to enounce words that reached his ears
More example sentences
  • He spoke in the tone one might fancy a speaking automaton to enounce its single words.
  • The former manager attempted to enounce typical TV platitudes over Rangers' lack of cohesion on Wednesday night's post mortem.
  • Gone are the days of beheading royalty and treason for enouncing the monarch's name.
1.1State (a proposition, theory, etc.) in definite terms: the principles enounced in his Notes On Cinematography
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  • This is a remarkable proposition for a war memorial to enounce.
  • But literature will never be able to do this for itself: it can only "enounce" the truth that the sociological reading "reveals".
  • The antecedent comprises the two propositions, the one of which enounces the general rule.

Origin

Early 19th century: from French énoncer, from Latin enuntiare (see enunciate).

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