verb (used with object), prom·ul·gat·ed, prom·ul·gat·ing.
Origin of promulgate
Examples from the Web for promulgator
She nodded toward the promulgator of Heaven-born ideas, who bowed solemnly.Elkan Lubliner, American|Montague Glass
He was great only as the promulgator, not as the inventor, of ideas.Prophets of Dissent|Otto Heller
Du Bois is not a leader of men, as Washington is: he is rather a promulgator of ideas.Following the Color Line|Ray Stannard Baker
Joseph Smith, the prophet, was the promulgator under God of these principles.Gospel Doctrine|Joseph F. Smith
How this last doctrine was defended by its promulgator, we cannot say.
Word Origin for 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.).