manifesto

noun
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.

manifesto

verb
manifestoed; manifestoing; manifestos

Definition of manifesto (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to issue a manifesto

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Manifesto Has Latin Roots

Noun

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

Crusius, who published an online manifesto moments before the shootings, faces capital murder charges. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Report: El Paso shooter bought weapon from Romania, ammo from Russia," 29 Aug. 2019 The manifesto included anti-immigrant and anti-Latino language similar to Trump’s. Anita Snow, Twin Cities, "Mass shootings have Latinos worried about being targets," 11 Aug. 2019 The manifesto included anti-immigrant and anti-Latino language similar to Trump’s. Anita Snow, The Denver Post, "Mass shootings have Latinos worried about being targets," 11 Aug. 2019 The manifesto included anti-immigrant and anti-Latino language similar to Trump's. Anchorage Daily News, "Mass shootings have Latinos worried about being targets," 11 Aug. 2019 The manifesto of this approach comes from Paul D. Clement, a former solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration who has become known for fronting conservative legal challenges to federal laws, notably the Affordable Care Act. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Opponents launch constitutional attack on laws to end surprise medical bills," 2 July 2019 The manifesto that announced the Green New Deal will not be instituted literally. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 Dismantling this article was a goal stated in Mr. Modi’s campaign manifesto. New York Times, "India’s Move in Kashmir: More Than 2,000 Rounded Up With No Recourse," 23 Aug. 2019 The shooter left a manifesto with anti-Hispanic and anti-immigrant sentiment. USA TODAY, "'It's real. It's violent': After El Paso, Latinos across America live in fear," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of manifesto

Noun

1620, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

noun

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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