man·​i·​fes·​to | \ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō \
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


The group's manifesto focused on helping the poor and stopping violence.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her website reads like a feminist studies manifesto. Erin Gibson, Glamour, "I Tossed $2,500 Worth of Makeup and Started Over With All Women-Owned Brands," 25 Sep. 2018 Baldwin's Burn Book Alec Baldwin renounces New York City, the media, and life in the spotlight in a scathing manifesto. Town & Country, "The 1% Daily," 24 Feb. 2014 The 360c is less a car and more a manifesto for disruptive change. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Volvo’s 360c concept has softened my cynicism about autonomous cars," 6 Sep. 2018 In it, the rapper looks at a shifting America through fresh eyes and emerges with a manifesto of sorts; these are trap-psalms for the forgotten. Juan Vidal, Billboard, "Lecrae on New Album 'Let the Trap Say Amen' & The True Heart of the South," 19 June 2018 But, on a deeper level, Mari’s statement is declaring that the show to follow has an unassailable point of view; a manifesto of thought. Ariana Romero,, "Vida Review: It's Unlike Anything Else On TV," 3 May 2018 The manifesto was not something that Earl Weaver or Pete Rose could have written. Bruce Schoenfeld, New York Times, "The Mets Try the Personal Touch," 25 Apr. 2018 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak before launching his coalition's election manifesto ahead of the upcoming polls during a National Front coalition or Barisan Nasional rally, in Kuala Lumpur on April 7, 2018. Time, "Twitter Has a Big Problem in Southeast Asia: Bots Before the Ballot in Malaysia and Beyond," 4 May 2018 The manifesto will reportedly include a roadmap for stopping Brexit. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Billionaire George Soros Is Backing a Massive Campaign for a Second Brexit Vote. But Does It Stand a Chance?," 30 May 2018

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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


Italian, denunciation, manifest, from manifestare to manifest, from Latin, from manifestus


see manifesto entry 1

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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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