View synonyms for promulgation


[ prom-uhl-gey-shuhn ]


  1. the act of making a law or decree known, or formally putting it into effect, by public declaration:

    Upon adoption, signing, and promulgation of these provisions in the established procedure, they acquire the power of law.

  2. the act of publicly teaching or setting forth an idea, doctrine, etc.:

    The systematic study of parasites began with the promulgation of the germ theory.

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Other Words From

  • non·prom·ul·ga·tion noun
  • re·prom·ul·ga·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of promulgation1

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin prōmulgātiōn-, stem of prōmulgātiō, equivalent to prōmulgāt(us) (past participle of prōmulgāre ) + -iō -ion ( def ); promulgate ( def )

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Example Sentences

Everything else is pure speculation and the promulgation of fear.

From the first announcement of the projected law up to its promulgation the public clamoured loudly against it.

Truly the spirit of the "Holy League" was already born, though the times were not yet ripe for the promulgation of such tenets.

Mr. Boutwell states that Lincoln once related to him the circumstances attending the promulgation of the instrument.

Promulgation of the Divine warning against these harmful customs was treated as a fad born of fanaticism.

The 11th of February in the 22d year of Meiji saw the promulgation of the imperial Constitution.


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