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propaganda

Syllabification: prop·a·gan·da
Pronunciation: /ˌpräpəˈɡandə
 
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Definition of propaganda in English:

noun

1chiefly derogatory Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view: he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda
More example sentences
  • Of course, an evil regime will attempt to use our views for its propaganda.
  • Most blogs are a form of personal propaganda, stating views in an authoritative tone.
  • He then went on to use this view as propaganda to control people and make them feel what he was doing was right.
Synonyms
information, promotion, advertising, publicity, spin;
disinformation, counter-information
historical agitprop
informal info, hype, plugging
1.1The dissemination of propaganda as a political strategy: the party’s leaders believed that a long period of education and propaganda would be necessary
More example sentences
  • This stands, as we shall see, in a long tradition of propaganda by deed.
  • The miners were no angels but the media was blatantly and cynically used as a propaganda machine for the government.
  • The third method is to set up a system of accountability for propaganda work.

Origin

Italian, from modern Latin congregatio de propaganda fide 'congregation for propagation of the faith' (sense 2). sense 1 dates from the early 20th century.

More
  • Today propaganda has negative connotations, with implications of bias and deception, but these date only from the mid 19th century. In 1622 Pope Gregory XV set up the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, the ‘Congregation for Propagation of the Faith’ responsible for spreading the word of Christianity by missions around the world. Propagate, from the same Latin word, was already well established, having arrived in the 16th century.

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