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pronouncement

[pruh-nouns-muh nt] /prəˈnaʊns mənt/
noun
1.
a formal or authoritative statement.
2.
an opinion or decision.
3.
act of pronouncing.
Origin of pronouncement
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; pronounce + -ment
Related forms
prepronouncement, noun
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  • Never, to the last hour of my life, shall I forget the effect of that pronouncement.

  • This pronouncement gave the corsairs all the assurance they required.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • This pronouncement embodies the sentiments of every Nationalist Irishman.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Yes, she had come to investigate, to observe, to seek the truth of her own pronouncement.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • A period of silence for a time after Prester Kleig's pronouncement.

British Dictionary definitions for pronouncement

pronouncement

/prəˈnaʊnsmənt/
noun
1.
an official or authoritative statement or announcement
2.
the act of pronouncing, declaring, or uttering formally
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Word Origin and History for pronouncement
n.

1590s, from pronounce + -ment.

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