- to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
- to set forth or teach publicly (a creed, doctrine, etc.).
Origin of promulgate
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Examples from the Web for promulgation
Everything else is pure speculation and the promulgation of fear.The Black Panther Bomb Plot in St. Louis That Wasn’t
December 9, 2014
The scene of that promulgation of the laws was stirring and impressive.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
All this, be it observed, was after the promulgation of the Union of Hearts.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The opinion belonged to Marmaduke, who, however, saw no necessity for its promulgation.The Pioneers
James Fenimore Cooper
It is based on castes and the promulgation of the caste system, which is baneful.History of Education
The promulgation of error will do harm, a harm that might be averted if error were suppressed.Liberalism
L. T. Hobhouse
- to put into effect (a law, decree, etc), esp by formal proclamation
- to announce or declare officially
- to make widespread
Word Origin and History for promulgation
c.1600, from Middle French promulgation (14c.), from Latin promulgationem (nominative promulgatio) "a public announcement," noun of action from past participle stem of promulgare (see promulgate).
1520s, from Latin promulgatus, past participle of promulgare "make publicly known, propose openly, publish," perhaps altered from provulgare, from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + vulgare "make public, publish." Or the second element might be from mulgere "to milk" (see milk (n.)), used metaphorically for "cause to emerge." Related: Promulgated; promulgating. The earlier verb in English was promulge (late 15c.).