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 (prŏm′əl-gāt′, prō-mŭl′gāt′)
tr.v. prom·ul·gat·ed, prom·ul·gat·ing, prom·ul·gates
1. To make known to the public; popularize or advocate: "Franklin ... first promulgated the idea of free public libraries" (Elaine Wagner).
2. To put (a law, for example) into effect by formal public announcement.

[Latin prōmulgāre, prōmulgāt-.]

prom′ul·ga′tion (prŏm′əl-gā′shən, prō′məl-) n.
prom′ul·ga′tor n.
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Adj.1.promulgated - formally made public; "published accounts"
publicised, publicized - made known; especially made widely known
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As Skipper, on the Arangi, and Bashti in Somo, had promulgated taboos, so the man and the woman on the Ariel protected Jerry with taboos.
There are two lessons in this discourse: first, that in order to create one must be as a little child; secondly, that it is only through existing law and order that one attains to that height from which new law and new order may be promulgated.
On the day following the alarm just mentioned, several parties arrived from different directions, and were met and conducted by some of the braves to the council lodge, where they reported the events and success of their expeditions, whether of war or hunting; which news was afterwards promulgated throughout the village, by certain old men who acted as heralds or town criers.
And the adversaries of the plan promulgated by the convention ought to have confined themselves to showing, that the internal structure of the proposed government was such as to render it unworthy of the confidence of the people.
It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.
'Tis the six-and-twentieth edition, promulgated at Boston, Anno Domini 1744; and is entitled, 'The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testaments; faithfully translated into English Metre, for the Use, Edification, and Comfort of the Saints, in Public and Private, especially in New England'."
“When we consider the great diversity of the human character, influenced as it is by education, by opportunity, and by the physical and moral conditions of the creature, my dear hearers,” he earnestly concluded “it can excite no surprise that creeds so very different in their tendencies should grow out of a religion revealed, it is true, but whose revelations are obscured by the lapse of ages, and whose doctrines were, after the fashion of the countries in which they were first promulgated, frequently delivered in parables, and in a language abounding in metaphors and loaded with figures.
An order was also promulgated throughout the length and breadth of Kukuanaland that, whilst we honoured the country by our presence, we three were to be greeted with the royal salute, and to be treated with the same ceremony and respect that was by custom accorded to the king.
It is wonderful how many absurdities were promulgated in reference to the young man.
On a second occasion Jos read a brief announcement--Major Dobbin had joined the --th regiment at Chatham; and subsequently he promulgated accounts of the presentations at the Drawing-room of Colonel Sir Michael O'Dowd, K.C.B., Lady O'Dowd (by Mrs.
Tensions began when four ordinances promulgated by President Dr Arif Alvi in May and July were laid in the house by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Swati towards the end of the proceedings, amidst slogans of 'shame, shame' from the opposition benches.
However, he added, ISIE and its sections are called upon to apply the proposed new amendments in the event that the new law is promulgated and published in the JORT.