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[proh-kleym, pruh-]
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

Synonyms for proclaim

Synonym study

1. See announce.
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Examples from the Web for unproclaimed

Historical Examples of unproclaimed

  • In the covert, unproclaimed struggle which had brought them both to this pass, that must have been the gauge.

    Where the Pavement Ends

    John Russell

  • With unproclaimed chivalry and a readiness to meet the foe which tells its own story, the Western men come on.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas

    Richard Henry Savage

  • The prophecies to which I would call attention now, came from the upper world, and came unheeded and unproclaimed!

British Dictionary definitions for unproclaimed


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 unproclaimed



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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