- 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 promulgator
She nodded toward the promulgator of Heaven-born ideas, who bowed solemnly.Elkan Lubliner, American
How this last doctrine was defended by its promulgator, we cannot say.
The nation was satisfied with her performance, and grateful to her promulgator.Yachting Vol. 2
He was great only as the promulgator, not as the inventor, of ideas.Prophets of Dissent
But what has the House to do with this; or why should it become the censor and promulgator of the speeches of its own members?Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
- 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 promulgator
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.).