One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To disseminate propaganda. Also with object: to promote (beliefs, policies, etc.).
2with object To subject (a person) to propaganda; to persuade or influence by or as if by propaganda.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in American Whig Review. From propagand-. Compare French propagander (transitive) to make propaganda for, to promote (beliefs, policies, etc.), (intransitive) to disseminate propaganda.
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