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 Our suggestions for May releases include historical and literary fiction, a political manifesto and an essay collection from a beloved author. Washington Post, "10 books to read in May," 27 Apr. 2021 To my knowledge, Vinterberg is the only director here who has produced an honest-to-God manifesto. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars Spotlight: A Runaway Favorite for Best Director," 20 Apr. 2021 So Lappé enlisted her friend Ellen Buchman Ewald to help transform a manifesto into a cookbook. Jonathan Kauffman, Bon Appétit, "This Book Started a Food Revolution in 1971—And It’s Never Felt More Relevant," 23 Mar. 2021 Alex and Sam are the truest of assholes and apparently have almost immediately bounced right back after being fired for writing that misogynistic manifesto and sending it out to the entire company. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, "Good Trouble Recap: Boundaries and Bra Straps," 17 Mar. 2021 Zagajewski and fellow-poet Julian Kornhauser authored a book that became the movement's manifesto., "Acclaimed Polish poet Adam Zagajewski dies at age 75," 22 Mar. 2021 That was certainly true of Otto Neurath, one of the main authors of the manifesto and the most vivid personality in the Circle. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, "Philosophy in the Shadow of Nazism," 12 Oct. 2020 Obama points out that there was nothing new in the Tea Party manifesto. Darryl Pinckney, The New York Review of Books, "A Gift for the Long Game," 9 Mar. 2021 The Biden-Yellen stance, endorsed as sound economics in the Summers-Furman manifesto, suffers from a big weakness. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "A looming ‘iceberg’: How a spike in interest rates makes America’s soaring debt a lot more dangerous," 5 Mar. 2021

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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 11 May. 2021.

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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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