[proh-kleym, pruh-]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make a proclamation.

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

Synonyms for proclaim

Synonym study

1. See announce. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-proclaimed

Contemporary Examples of self-proclaimed

Historical Examples of self-proclaimed

  • He'd sent down a missile to help the self-proclaimed rebels there.

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • Revolt against all convention was in fact his self-proclaimed mission.

  • When this self-proclaimed adventurer was really aroused he dropped the rough argot of the plains.

  • The ring in which these people whirl about was full of deluded men, on the day of our visit, self-proclaimed disciples.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou

  • Too many of Superior's self-proclaimed saviors had been caught with their motives showing.

British Dictionary definitions for self-proclaimed



proclaimed or described by oneselfthe self-proclaimed leader


verb (tr)

(may take a clause as object) to announce publicly
(may take a clause as object) to show or indicate plainly
to praise or extol
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 self-proclaimed



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper