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Saturday, October 12, 2013

promulgate

\PROM-uhl-geyt, proh-MUHL-geyt\ , verb;
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.).
Quotes:
The mathematicians, I grant you, have done their best to promulgate the popular error to which you allude, and which is none the less an error for its promulgation as truth.
-- Edgar Allan Poe, "The Purloined Letter," 1844
I think it means that we promulgate simple and comprehensible laws so that people know where they stand.
-- Tom Clancy, Executive Orders, 1996
Origin:
Promulgate comes from the Latin promulgare meaning "make publicly known." It entered English in the 1500s.
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