- information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
- the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.
- the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
- Roman Catholic Church.
- a committee of cardinals, established in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, having supervision over foreign missions and the training of priests for these missions.
- a school (College of Propaganda) established by Pope Urban VIII for the education of priests for foreign missions.
- Archaic. an organization or movement for the spreading of propaganda.
Origin of propaganda
Related Words for propagandahype, indoctrination, publicity, disinformation, hogwash, announcement, publication, promulgation, brainwashing, handout, advertising, doctrine, promotion, evangelism, inculcation, implantation, agitprop, newspeak, proselytism
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Contemporary Examples of propaganda
This is not the first time the director has fallen for Russian propaganda.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
President Park understood the power of cinema as propaganda.
To the Republic of Korea and United States military personnel stationed in the JSA, it is known as Propaganda Village.
Would a state with a keen understanding of the power of propaganda be so willing to just throw away such a trove of information?No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
Beck is a close student of history and propaganda, and especially the history of propaganda.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of propaganda
"If I work at all, it ought to be this propaganda job," Eric suggested.The Education of Eric Lane
Propaganda for the war interests, propaganda for the financiers.
The planetary rulers had taken no chances of tampering with their propaganda.
But somehow the telepathy stuff didn't work at all according to propaganda.Mixed Faces
If the Socialist movement is to succeed in America, it must recognize this fact in its propaganda.Socialism
- the organized dissemination of information, allegations, etc, to assist or damage the cause of a government, movement, etc
- such information, allegations, etc
Word Origin for propaganda
- RC Church a congregation responsible for directing the work of the foreign missions and the training of priests for these
1718, "committee of cardinals in charge of Catholic missionary work," short for Congregatio de Propaganda Fide "congregation for propagating the faith," a committee of cardinals established 1622 by Gregory XV to supervise foreign missions. The word is properly the ablative fem. gerundive of Latin propagare (see propagation). Hence, "any movement to propagate some practice or ideology" (1790). Modern political sense dates from World War I, not originally pejorative. Meaning "material or information propagated to advance a cause, etc." is from 1929.
Official government communications to the public that are designed to influence opinion. The information may be true or false, but it is always carefully selected for its political effect.