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 The Conservative manifesto for last December’s election promised not to compromise on Britain’s food, animal welfare, and environmental standards. Rachel Shabi, The New York Review of Books, "The Pro-Privatization Shock Therapy of the UK’s Covid Response," 8 July 2020 In a video manifesto the EDA claimed responsibility for the attack, providing detailed evidence of its involvement. The Economist, "If climate activists turned to terrorism What if climate activists turn to terrorism?," 4 July 2020 Prior to his arrest, Liu helped draft a manifesto calling for democracy and political reform in China. Nectar Gan, CNN, "How the national security law is bringing China's authoritarian legal system to Hong Kong," 2 July 2020 Her torrent of words was like a personal and literary manifesto. Martha Ackmann, The Atlantic, "The Encounter That Revealed a Different Side of Emily Dickinson," 23 June 2020 The term Red Power is attributed to the late Vine Deloria Jr., the foremost intellectual to spring from the movement, thanks in part to his hugely influential manifesto, Custer Died for Your Sins. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Rebirth of Red Power," 1 June 2020 Frederick Winslow Taylor provides Cowles a further example: in his manifesto for scientific management, Taylor promised great increases in output if companies were run according to the scientific method. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, "Just Use Your Thinking Pump!," 17 June 2020 The president presented his political statement as a nationalist manifesto of the most imbecilic variety. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "He Is Even Dumber Than We Thought," 8 June 2020 Others still are taking more significant steps toward change, creating manifestos and guidelines in order to rework the industry’s approach toward the Black community entirely. Eliza Huber,, "Fashion Brands Lay Out Plans To Support The Black Community," 2 June 2020

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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 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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