July 04, 2012
declaration (noun)
\dek-luh-RAY-shun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : the act of declaring : announcement2 : something declared or a document containing such a declaration
How do you use it?
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, a document announcing the separation of 13 North American British colonies from Britain.
Are you a word wiz?

The Declaration of Independence could have gone by a different name. Which of these words do think could have been used in place of "declaration"?

Hear ye, hear ye! We declare D the correct answer. "Proclamation" and "declaration," along with "promulgation" and "announcement," refer to forms of public notification. "Announcement" is the most general of the terms. It implies a notice of something for the first time, as in "an announcement of the baby's birth." "Declaration" suggests a formal announcement that is clear and unambiguous, as in "a declaration of war." "Proclamation" adds force and authority to an announcement, as in "the President issued a proclamation." "Promulgation" suggests an announcement of dogma, doctrine, or law, as in "a promulgation of religious toleration."
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