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[prom-uhl-geyt, proh-muhl-geyt]
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verb (used with object), prom·ul·gat·ed, prom·ul·gat·ing.
  1. to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
  2. to set forth or teach publicly (a creed, doctrine, etc.).
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Origin of promulgate

1520–30; < Latin prōmulgātus, past participle of prōmulgāre to promulge; see -ate1
Related formsprom·ul·ga·tion [prom-uhl-gey-shuhn, proh-muhl-] /ˌprɒm əlˈgeɪ ʃən, ˌproʊ məl-/, nounprom·ul·ga·tor, nounnon·prom·ul·ga·tion, nounre·prom·ul·gate, verb (used with object), re·prom·ul·gat·ed, re·prom·ul·gat·ing.re·prom·ul·ga·tion, nounun·prom·ul·gat·ed, adjective


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  • The scene of that promulgation of the laws was stirring and impressive.

  • 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.

  • The promulgation of error will do harm, a harm that might be averted if error were suppressed.


    L. T. Hobhouse

British Dictionary definitions for promulgation


verb (tr)
  1. to put into effect (a law, decree, etc), esp by formal proclamation
  2. to announce or declare officially
  3. to make widespread
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Also (archaic): promulge (prəʊˈmʌldʒ)
Derived Formspromulgation, nounpromulgator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin prōmulgāre to bring to public knowledge; probably related to provulgāre to publicize, from pro- 1 + vulgāre to make common, from vulgus the common people
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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).

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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.).

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