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[proh-kleym, pruh-]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to announce or declare in an official or formal manner: to proclaim war.
  2. to announce or declare in an open or ostentatious way: to proclaim one's opinions.
  3. to indicate or make known publicly or openly.
  4. to extol or praise publicly: Let them proclaim the Lord.
  5. to declare (a territory, district, etc.) subject to particular legal restrictions.
  6. to declare to be an outlaw, evildoer, or the like.
  7. to denounce or prohibit publicly.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a proclamation.
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Origin of proclaim

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prōclāmāre to cry out. See pro-1, claim
Related formspro·claim·er, nounre·pro·claim, verb (used with object)self-pro·claimed, adjectiveself-pro·claim·ing, adjectiveun·pro·claimed, adjective

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1. See announce.
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Related Words for proclaimer

announcer, bellman, crier, proclaimer, stentor

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Historical Examples of proclaimer

  • Ruler of the land, protector of sanctuaries, proclaimer of their name.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

    Morris Jastrow

  • But, again, as god of fertility he could also be appropriately termed the 'proclaimer.'

  • But just because he is the prophet, the uplifter, the proclaimer, Tolstoy is no longer the merely Russian writer.

  • And the great inspirer, proclaimer, and leader of scientific Socialism is Enrico Ferri.

    Italy, the Magic Land

    Lilian Whiting

  • A forth-teller; one who has a special message to deliver forth to the world; a proclaimer, harbinger, or herald.

British Dictionary definitions for proclaimer


verb (tr)
  1. (may take a clause as object) to announce publicly
  2. (may take a clause as object) to show or indicate plainly
  3. to praise or extol
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Derived Formsproclaimer, nounproclamation (ˌprɒkləˈmeɪʃən), nounproclamatory (prəˈklæmətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for proclaim

C14: from Latin prōclāmāre to shout aloud
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Word Origin and History for proclaimer



late 14c., proclamen, from Latin proclamare "cry or call out," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + clamare "to cry out" (see claim (v.)). Spelling altered by influence of claim. Related: Proclaimed; proclaiming; proclaimer.

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