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

No suicide note or manifesto was found, there was no evidence of radicalization or links to any terrorist organization. Fox News, "Police say they may never know Las Vegas shooter's motive," 3 Aug. 2018 Hiroshi Sugimoto, an artist known mostly for his photographs of the ocean, spent a decade designing his own manifesto about art and consciousness, the Enoura Observatory. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Kusama Museum and art-filled islands, Japan is a paradise for art nerds," 27 Apr. 2018 The Times reported that the manifesto contained white nationalist rhetoric and the author referred to themself as a fascist. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Mosque Shooting Attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, Resulted in Dozens of Deaths," 15 Mar. 2019 Yesterday's attacks at the mosques are especially jarring, considering a gunman reportedly posted a white nationalist manifesto before the attack and livestreamed part of the shooting on Facebook, according to The New York Times. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry Respond to the Tragic Shootings in New Zealand," 15 Mar. 2019 Part memoir and part manifesto, the book follows Landrieu’s political path as well as the evolution of his thoughts on race and history. Lily Rothman, Time, "New Orleans Mayor on Fixing the Story of Race in America: ‘If It Was Taught One Way, It Can Be Unlearned’," 19 Mar. 2018 As one of them points out, a reduction in the speed limit was not in his election manifesto, and the push has come from the prime minister. The Economist, "Uproar over new speed limits on French country roads," 31 May 2018 The manifesto felt like a cross between a playbook and a bible. Katherine Goldstein, Vox, "I was a Sheryl Sandberg superfan. Then her “Lean In” advice failed me.," 6 Dec. 2018 What’s missing from the Netflix manifesto is any mention of gratitude. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Plymouth Colony and the Business Case for Gratitude," 25 Nov. 2018

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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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