manifesto

noun
man·​i·​fes·​to | \ ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō \
plural manifestos or manifestoes

Definition of manifesto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer The group's manifesto focused on helping the poor and stopping violence.

manifesto

verb
manifestoed; manifestoing; manifestos

Definition of manifesto (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to issue a manifesto

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Manifesto Has Latin Roots

Noun

Manifesto is related to manifest, which occurs in English as a noun, verb, and adjective. Of these, the adjective, which means "readily perceived by the senses" or "easily recognized," is oldest, dating to the 14th century. Both manifest and manifesto derive ultimately from the Latin noun manus ("hand") and -festus, a combining form that is related to the Latin adjective infestus, meaning "hostile." Something that is manifest is easy to perceive or recognize, and a manifesto is a statement in which someone makes his or her intentions or views easy for people to ascertain. Perhaps the most famous statement of this sort is the Communist Manifesto, written in 1848 by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to outline the platform of the Communist League.

Examples of manifesto in a Sentence

Noun

The group's manifesto focused on helping the poor and stopping violence.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His conviction in late 2009 stemmed from his co-authorship of a manifesto calling for human rights and political reform in China. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Widow of late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo in desperate plea for help," 3 May 2018 The quirky manifestos and descriptions would hopefully convince them to buy it — and then the product could finally speak for itself. Laura Entis, Fortune, "How to Create a Great Brand for Your Small Business," 16 Apr. 2018 As a result, the speech has become an unapologetically partisan performance, one part legislative manifesto, one part victory lap. Charles Zug, Washington Post, "What happened to the State of the Union address? Originally, it helped the president and Congress deliberate.," 30 Jan. 2018 Well, his manifesto argues, to upend a system that has resulted in the top 1 percent of the population enjoying most of the wealth, its up to the other 99 percent (that's us, folks) to exercise the power of the ballot box. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Her website reads like a feminist studies manifesto. Erin Gibson, Glamour, "I Tossed $2,500 Worth of Makeup and Started Over With All Women-Owned Brands," 25 Sep. 2018 Baldwin's Burn Book Alec Baldwin renounces New York City, the media, and life in the spotlight in a scathing manifesto. Town & Country, "The 1% Daily," 24 Feb. 2014 The 360c is less a car and more a manifesto for disruptive change. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Volvo’s 360c concept has softened my cynicism about autonomous cars," 6 Sep. 2018 In it, the rapper looks at a shifting America through fresh eyes and emerges with a manifesto of sorts; these are trap-psalms for the forgotten. Juan Vidal, Billboard, "Lecrae on New Album 'Let the Trap Say Amen' & The True Heart of the South," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of manifesto

Noun

1620, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1748, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manifesto

Noun and Verb

Italian, denunciation, manifest, from manifestare to manifest, from Latin, from manifestus

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manifesto

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manifesto

: a written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group

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