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.
  1. a committee of cardinals, established in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, having supervision over foreign missions and the training of priests for these missions.
  2. 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

1710–20; < New Latin, short for congregātiō dē propāgandā fidē congregation for propagating the faith; propāgandā, ablative singular feminine gerundive of propāgāre; see propagate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for propagandas

Contemporary Examples of propagandas

Historical Examples of propagandas

  • Let us have nothing to do with their propagandas for the propagation of supreme Fakes.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • What mattered policies of statesmen and generals, propagandas and tactics, to them?

    The Last Shot

    Frederick Palmer

  • In this age of social, economic, political and even religious wildcat schemes and propagandas, America needs a balance wheel.

  • The transmission of news and the diffusion of propagandas have reduced the world to the same mental level.

    The Affable Stranger

    Peter McArthur

  • Then came "propagandas" that were designed to enslave the world to all kinds of far-reaching schemes.

    The Affable Stranger

    Peter McArthur

British Dictionary definitions for propagandas



the organized dissemination of information, allegations, etc, to assist or damage the cause of a government, movement, etc
such information, allegations, etc
Derived Formspropagandism, nounpropagandist, noun, adjective

Word Origin for propaganda

C18: from Italian, use of propāgandā in the New Latin title Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith



RC Church a congregation responsible for directing the work of the foreign missions and the training of priests for these
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Word Origin and History for propagandas



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

propagandas in Culture


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.

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