Definition of proclamation in English:



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

    ‘the issuing by the monarch of a proclamation dissolving Parliament’
    • ‘Containing an official proclamation in several languages of the day, it was used by 19th and 20th century scholars to translate hieroglyphics.’
    • ‘It's a sensitive issue and still very much in the negotiation stage, so we're not making any public proclamations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Universities universally nowadays have public proclamations proscribing ‘plagiarism’, outlining, often with great difficulty, what the offence is and the awfulness of committing it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When do these proclamations reach the clinic officials?’
    • ‘In 1802, the Upper Canada Gazette published the proclamation announcing the Treaty of Amiens to the townspeople.’
    • ‘Army scientists, who are not accustomed to making public health proclamations, wrongly reassured authorities without sufficiently testing the spread potential of this dangerous anthrax.’
    • ‘Before this time letters had been used to issue public proclamations, record transactions, conduct trade, and as a vehicle for spreading news.’
    • ‘In an ideal world being gay and playing professional sport shouldn't be something that ordinarily requires a public proclamation.’
    • ‘Such proclamations by top U.S. officials blend in with the dominant media scenery.’
    • ‘In official proclamations, the land that became Israel was portrayed as largely uninhabited prior to the arrival of Jewish settlers.’
    • ‘Dorotea had come to the mountains to hide because she heard a public proclamation offering a reward for her whereabouts.’
    • ‘All satisfy the three defining criteria of outstanding holiness, eminence of doctrine, and an official proclamation by pope or general church council.’
    • ‘Competent leaders have always understood the crucial difference between public proclamations and private bargains.’
    • ‘At the end of his sabbatical year, he signed the official proclamation declaring worldwide eradication of the disease.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The legislation was enacted without such an official proclamation of emergency and goes beyond the requirements of the situation.’
    decree, order, edict, command, rule, ruling, announcement, declaration, pronouncement, statement
    announcement, declaration, pronouncement, notification, advertisement, publishing, broadcasting, promulgation
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    1. 1.1mass noun The public or official announcement of an important matter.
      ‘the government restricted the use of water by proclamation’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Officials governed by proclamation and government notices that could not easily be challenged in court - one of the last refuges for constitutional opposition.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although the elevation of mind and heart of people and preacher alike is the purpose of biblical proclamation, teaching or instruction is hardly outlawed.’
      • ‘It is the liturgy in its entirety (the prayer, praise, and proclamation that surround the Eucharist) that calls into being this alternative 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 territorial sea is a 12 nautical mile limit which is established by proclamation made under section 7 of the Seas and Submerged Land Act.’
      • ‘Buried in his pugilistic proclamation - in which he also declared war on ‘nonviolent civil disobedience’ - was a curious invitation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 A clear declaration of something.
      ‘bold proclamations about their team's hopes for the season’
      • ‘Judging by her recent public proclamations, the evidence seems pretty compelling.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pastor Noel Ramsey gave a brief history of the church and concluded with a clear proclamation of what the church believes.’
      • ‘One obvious answer is that this acknowledgment constitutes the poem's initial proclamation that it intends to carry out violations of New Critical principles.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, liberal Christians are less comfortable making public proclamations of faith and are reluctant to debate their conservative brethren.’
      • ‘Given her many public proclamations of awareness and spirituality, you have to ask yourself now if she was just posing for affect before.’
      assertion, declaration, statement, pronouncement, attestation, assurance
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin proclamatio(n-), from proclamare ‘shout out’ (see proclaim).