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  • 1A public or official announcement, especially one dealing with a matter of great importance.

    ‘Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union’
    • ‘Army scientists, who are not accustomed to making public health proclamations, wrongly reassured authorities without sufficiently testing the spread potential of this dangerous anthrax.’
    • ‘Among his first public proclamations was a call for the relief of the poor and the establishment of community chests to provide interest-free loans to the needy.’
    • ‘Such proclamations by top U.S. officials blend in with the dominant media scenery.’
    • ‘Competent leaders have always understood the crucial difference between public proclamations and private bargains.’
    • ‘Universities universally nowadays have public proclamations proscribing ‘plagiarism’, outlining, often with great difficulty, what the offence is and the awfulness of committing it.’
    • ‘It's a sensitive issue and still very much in the negotiation stage, so we're not making any public proclamations.’
    • ‘When do these proclamations reach the clinic officials?’
    • ‘Before this time letters had been used to issue public proclamations, record transactions, conduct trade, and as a vehicle for spreading news.’
    • ‘All satisfy the three defining criteria of outstanding holiness, eminence of doctrine, and an official proclamation by pope or general church council.’
    • ‘Dorotea had come to the mountains to hide because she heard a public proclamation offering a reward for her whereabouts.’
    • ‘At the end of his sabbatical year, he signed the official proclamation declaring worldwide eradication of the disease.’
    • ‘It is imperative that the Democrats ask Bush whether he intends to honor that obligations and force him to make a public proclamation of his steadfast commitment to do so.’
    • ‘Containing an official proclamation in several languages of the day, it was used by 19th and 20th century scholars to translate hieroglyphics.’
    • ‘The legislation was enacted without such an official proclamation of emergency and goes beyond the requirements of the situation.’
    • ‘In 1802, the Upper Canada Gazette published the proclamation announcing the Treaty of Amiens to the townspeople.’
    • ‘In an ideal world being gay and playing professional sport shouldn't be something that ordinarily requires a public proclamation.’
    • ‘The practice of having the governor-general's proclamations dissolving parliament read from the front steps was begun in 1963, on the advice of the then Attorney-General, and for good legal reasons.’
    • ‘Section 67 of the Criminal Code provides for an official to make a proclamation of ‘riot’ in a loud voice, ordering all those present to leave on pain of arrest and possible life imprisonment.’
    • ‘In recognition of the work of the Alliance on behalf of the community, the councilman issued an official proclamation on behalf of the City of Los Angeles.’
    decree, order, edict, command, rule, ruling, announcement, declaration, pronouncement, statement
    announcement, declaration, pronouncement, notification, advertisement, publishing, broadcasting, promulgation
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    1. 1.1The public or official announcement of an important matter.
      ‘the government restricted the use of water by proclamation’
      • ‘Officials governed by proclamation and government notices that could not easily be challenged in court - one of the last refuges for constitutional opposition.’
      • ‘He also emphasizes the attractiveness of public proclamation, the performance of miracles and the spreading of rumor as ways that ideas from the outside took hold within an urban environment.’
      • ‘The Ministry of Revenue's new Taxpayer Fairness and Service Code is a welcome public proclamation of the standards of behaviour taxpayers can and should expect in dealing with the Ministry.’
      • ‘Rather, let us stand firm in this evil day, clad in the whole armour of God, seeking to grow in our understanding and proclamation of the whole counsel of God.’
      • ‘The territorial sea is a 12 nautical mile limit which is established by proclamation made under section 7 of the Seas and Submerged Land Act.’
      • ‘Private reading and study of scripture takes place, by implication, within the larger framework of the church's praise of God and proclamation of the Word in common prayer and Eucharist.’
      • ‘It is the liturgy in its entirety (the prayer, praise, and proclamation that surround the Eucharist) that calls into being this alternative community.’
      • ‘Although the elevation of mind and heart of people and preacher alike is the purpose of biblical proclamation, teaching or instruction is hardly outlawed.’
      • ‘The psalmist had adapted this picture to refer to the spiritual offerings of prayer, praise and proclamation.’
      • ‘After months of silence, the streets of the town will once again be filled with the sound of proclamation following a decision by certain industrious members of the community.’
      • ‘We will now conduct the ceremony for the adoption and proclamation of a written resolution by the representatives of the five great religions.’
      • ‘The party knew fully well that proclamation of the act would take time, and said that it was dishonest to seek political mileage from the issue by playing to the gallery.’
      • ‘If the argument is that if we show these pictures we might prevent future disasters on the track, well, his death is the biggest kind of proclamation that triumphs over another photo.’
      • ‘Buried in his pugilistic proclamation - in which he also declared war on ‘nonviolent civil disobedience’ - was a curious invitation.’
    2. 1.2A clear declaration of something.
      ‘the proclamation of his passion’
      • ‘Pastor Noel Ramsey gave a brief history of the church and concluded with a clear proclamation of what the church believes.’
      • ‘He finished off his proclamation by loudly swearing.’
      • ‘The eye is staggered by the range of it, the boldness of it, the proclamation of Nature's passionate excess.’
      • ‘Judging by her recent public proclamations, the evidence seems pretty compelling.’
      • ‘Given her many public proclamations of awareness and spirituality, you have to ask yourself now if she was just posing for affect before.’
      • ‘One obvious answer is that this acknowledgment constitutes the poem's initial proclamation that it intends to carry out violations of New Critical principles.’
      assertion, declaration, statement, proclamation, pronouncement, attestation, assurance
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/ˌpräkləˈmāSH(ə)n/ /ˌprɑkləˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/


Late Middle English via Old French from Latin proclamatio(n-), from proclamare ‘shout out’ (see proclaim).