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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And so, on the principle that what goes around comes around, on May 15, 1967, the Black Panthers published their manifesto, the Ten-Point Program. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "The Declaration Heard Around the World," 4 July 2019 Kevin Hull, the director of public engagement at the Hirshhorn, says his team envisioned the installation as a way to let visitors create their own personal manifestos like the art historical ones displayed in the rest of the exhibition. Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian, "A Globe-Trotting, Truth-Seeking Art Project Looks For Answers in D.C.," 14 June 2019 He is linked to a manifesto, written before the attacks, that contained anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim diatribes. Washington Post, "New Zealand mosque massacre suspect first to face country’s anti-terrorism laws," 9 June 2019 Pomellato Empowering women is an essential part of Pomellato’s manifesto. The Editors, Town & Country, "All About Town & Country's 2019 Philanthropy Summit," 16 Apr. 2019 The ‘‘Pledge to America,’’ a 21-page manifesto drafted by House Republican leadership, outlined the promises. Lisa Mascaro,, "Much-ballyhooed Tea Party class of House GOP fades," 4 June 2018 Former editor of Teen Vogue, this fashion and culture arbiter discusses her book — part memoir, part manifesto — on finding your way in world and workplace. John Timpane,, "Readings by authors in Philly this summer: Jennifer Weiner, Richard Russo, and more," 5 June 2019 In 1969, students drafted the organization’s manifesto and declared that MEChA would be the student branch of the Chicano movement, so that young Mexican Americans could be themselves, learn their history and embrace their culture. Dorany Pineda,, "From ‘Chicano blowout’ to blowup: Turmoil over MEChA name change was decades in coming," 3 June 2019 The break in the case came after the Unabomber got his manifesto published. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Austin bombings and the explosive echoes of the Unabomber," 14 Mar. 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

Noun and Verb

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

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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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