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[prok-luh-mey-shuh n]
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  1. something that is proclaimed; a public and official announcement.
  2. the act of proclaiming.
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Origin of proclamation

1350–1400; Middle English proclama-cioun (< Middle French proclamacion) < Latin prōclāmātiōn- (stem of prōclāmātiō), equivalent to prōclāmāt(us) (past participle of prōclāmāre to proclaim) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsre·proc·la·ma·tion, noun
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Related Words

edict, decree, publication, promulgation, notification, pronouncement, manifesto, broadcast, notice, declaration, pronunciamento

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  • The people were required by proclamation to be present on Sundays in their proper place.


    James Anthony Froude

  • A year later the Proclamation was confirmed by Act of Parliament.


    James Anthony Froude

  • There was a Proclamation of the Republic on a wall near by, and he hurried to read it.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • They had come in on a proclamation, and there was nothing more to be said against them.

  • The entry of the Archduke was not less sad than his proclamation.

Word Origin and History for proclamation


late 14c., "act of making public," also "that which is proclaimed;" from Old French proclamacion (14c., Modern French proclamation) and directly from Latin proclamationem (nominative proclamatio), noun of action from past participle stem of proclamare (see proclaim).

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