One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A public declaration, originally of political allegiance; (more generally) a pronouncement, a proclamation.
2In Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries: a coup d'état; an attempt at political revolution; a revolt, an insurrection, an uprising.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From Spanish pronunciamiento speech, proclamation, pronouncement of a sentence, attempted military coup (involving a declaration or manifesto) from pronunciar + -miento.
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