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Friday, December 07, 2001


\ee-NUN-see-ayt; ih-\ , transitive verb;
To utter articulately; to pronounce.
To state or set forth precisely or systematically.
To announce; to proclaim; to declare.
intransitive verb:
To utter words or syllables articulately.
And all agree that he was from his college days a wonderful speaker, one who enunciated clearly and crisply and never seemed to have to grope for a word.
-- Louis Auchincloss, Woodrow Wilson
John Maynard Keynes, a famous economist and outstandingly successful investor, enunciated the theory most lucidly in 1936.
-- Burton G. Malkiel, A Random Walk Down Wall Street
His concern about America's incipient drift out of manufacturing was widely challenged by many feel-good commentators, who proceeded to enunciate the now widely accepted doctrine that a shift to postindustrialism would boost U.S. income growth.
-- Eamonn Fingleton, In Praise of Hard Industries
This is such an obvious, commonsensical truism that it seems almost foolish to enunciate it.
-- Seymour Martin Lipset, American Exceptionalism
Enunciate comes from Latin enuntiare, "to tell; to disclose; to declare; to pronounce clearly," from e- + nuntiare, "to announce," from nuntius, "a messenger."
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