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Jan 18, 2017
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satori
hegira
pronunciamento
bobbery

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pronunciamento

PRONUNCIATION:
(proh-nun-see-uh-MEN-toh)

MEANING:
noun: An official or authoritarian announcement.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Spanish pronunciamiento (pronouncement, military uprising), from pronunciar (to pronounce), from Latin pronuntiare (to put forth), from pro- (toward) + nuntiare (to announce). Ultimately from the Indo-European root neu- (to shout), which also gave us announce, denounce, pronounce, and renounce. Earliest documented use: 1832.

USAGE:
“Johnny Depp’s statement, after Amber Heard ended their 15-month marriage, was blunt:
‘Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies ...’
Need I tell you that Depp’s pronunciamento didn’t stop the gossip?”
Doug Camilli; Depp Just Wants to Get This Over With; Montreal Gazette Canada); May 28, 2016.

See more usage examples of pronunciamento in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If I knew of something that could serve my nation but would ruin another, I would not propose it to my prince, for I am first a man and only then a Frenchman ... because I am necessarily a man, and only accidentally am I French. -Montesquieu, philosopher, lawyer, and writer (18 Jan 1689-1755)

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