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 That section for me is this Black feminist manifesto of what still needs to change. Ko Bragg, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2021 The resulting document is a manifesto of sorts calling for a reset, a return to the pre-Trump days. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2021 On Twitter Monday, Trump seemed to deflect from scrutiny over the manifesto, which had language mirroring some of his own. Jonathan Lemire, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2019 In its manifesto, the group calls for a white ethnostate, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which also tracks hate groups. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 6 July 2021 In Northern Ireland, the bridge’s strongest advocate has been the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the country’s biggest party, which floated the idea in its 2015 general election manifesto. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 3 July 2021 The contract is a manifesto of conservative and populist policy provisions – including tax cuts, the streamlining of government and congressional term limits. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 8 June 2021 For critics, this approach is a manifesto against calculus, high-achieving students and accelerated work in general. Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 Teddy Roosevelt, famous for the invasion of Cuba with his Rough Riders, had a copy of a racist manifesto called Anglo-Saxon Superiority. Time, 21 Apr. 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 31 Jul. 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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