man·​i·​fes·​to | \ ˌma-nə-ˈfe-(ˌ)stō How to pronounce manifesto (audio) \
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.


manifestoed; manifestoing; manifestos

Definition of manifesto (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to issue a manifesto

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Manifesto Has Latin Roots


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 The Distance Insights Report jointly issued by the USGA and the R&A represents the first draft of a manifesto on what the future of golf should look like. Eamon Lynch, Golfweek, "Lynch: The USGA's distance report is out, and so begins the battle for golf's future," 4 Feb. 2020 Like the changes to the citizenship law, this promise has formed part of the BJP’s election manifesto since Mr Shah’s boss, Narendra Modi, became India’s prime minister in 2014. The Economist, "A recipe for unrest India’s new citizenship law outrages Muslims," 12 Dec. 2019 Her approach to the material is theoretical, devious, a mix of manifesto and memoir. Jessica Weisberg, The New Yorker, "Can Surrogacy Remake the World?," 11 Dec. 2019 Syracuse police said a criminal investigation was opened into the swastika as well as the posting online of the manifesto, a racist and anti-immigrant screed, which was allegedly attempted to be shared with students via Apple's AirDrop feature. NBC News, "White supremacist manifesto at Syracuse University sparks scare after recent racist incidents," 20 Nov. 2019 Berri Wilmore, a 19-year-old African-American communications student at Syracuse, says that reports of the manifesto being shared have left many students scared, skipping classes and work for fear of what could come next. Katie Reilly, Time, "Students Protest a Series of Racist Incidents at Syracuse University. Here's What to Know," 20 Nov. 2019 What would Fred Rogers—Mister Rogers—have made of El Paso and Dayton, of mass murder committed to fulfill the dictates of an 8chan manifesto? Tom Junod, The Atlantic, "What Would Mister Rogers Do?," 7 Nov. 2019 Hasson appeared to be planning attacks inspired by the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage, prosecutors said. Michael Kunzelman,, "Coast Guard officer accused of terror plot asks for leniency," 21 Jan. 2020 As the male engineers wrote manifestos about the importance of collaboration, women struggled to get their contributions reviewed and accepted. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Four Years in Startups," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of manifesto


1620, in the meaning defined above


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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