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manifesto

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noun man·i·fes·to \ ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō \

Definition of manifesto

plural manifestos or manifestoes
: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.

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Examples of manifesto in a Sentence

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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of manifesto

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


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manifesto

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Definition of manifesto

intransitive verb
:to issue a manifesto

Origin and Etymology of manifesto


MANIFESTO Defined for English Language Learners

manifesto

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Definition of manifesto for English Language Learners

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


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