A proclamation is a formal public statement. If the mayor of your town issued a proclamation honoring the state champion field hockey team, this is an official statement of praise and celebration.

A major statement made in front of an audience or the authoritative word on some subject is a proclamation. It's usually used in an official or government context, although an ordinary person can also make a proclamation, like your proclamation that you'll never dance again after your embarrassment at last week's hip hop recital. The root is proclaim, declare publicly, though the i is dropped in proclamation.

Definitions of proclamation
  1. noun
    a formal public statement
    synonyms: announcement, annunciation, declaration
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    a formal or authoritative proclamation
    the official announcement of a new law or ordinance whereby the law or ordinance is put into effect
    type of:
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
  2. noun
    the formal act of proclaiming; giving public notice
    synonyms: promulgation
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    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
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