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.


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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Muthoni Drummer Queen, musician This rapper, singer, and drummer fuses her upbeat dancehall with feminist manifestos. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Kenyan Cool Girl’s Guide to Nairobi," 2 July 2018 Creating a city in a building Teatum described the coliving projects—the main focus for Noiascape, based on its manifesto—as a reaction to changes impacting London and other big cities. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Creative coliving from London designers recreates a ‘city in a building’," 19 Apr. 2018 In 2015, dozens of academics, entrepreneurs, and CEOs—including the cofounders and CEOs of Lyft, Handy, and Instacart—signed a manifesto calling for such a system. Miranda Katz, WIRED, "How an App Could Give Some Gig Workers a Safety Net," 9 July 2018 Rogan says the perpetrator will desire more recognition, something that could drive them to make contact with police or release some sort of communique or manifesto. Perry Chiaramonte | Fox News, Fox News, "Is the Austin Bomber showing shades of the Unabomber?," 20 Mar. 2018 The same Janesville gun shop from which manifesto-writer Joseph Jakubowski stole an arsenal last year, has been burglarized again -- while Jakubowski is on trial, refusing to raise his hand for an oath. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "While Joseph Jakubowski is on trial, someone else burglarizes same Janesville gun shop," 30 Jan. 2018 Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, in his 1932 manifesto on fascism, makes his movement sound almost like a religion — a way for ordinary people to conceive of themselves as belonging to a world of mythic heroes. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018 An Indian-American political commentator, D’Souza has long been known for his bombastic political manifestos targeting figures like former President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "What to Know About Dinesh D'Souza, the Convicted Pundit Trump Will Pardon," 31 May 2018 The group signed a manifesto which was published in Le Parisien newspaper on Sunday. Fox News, "Erdogan slams French personalities over statement on Quran," 8 May 2018

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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


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


see manifesto entry 1

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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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