Definition of propaganda in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.

    ‘he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda’
    • ‘Kingston residents are intelligent enough to recognise crude political propaganda when they see it.’
    • ‘The internet became a powerful tool in countering the official propaganda.’
    • ‘He is not misled by the xenophobic propaganda and can judge it on the merit of its source.’
    • ‘One of the first aims of propaganda is to dehumanize the enemy in the public mind.’
    • ‘Despite an almost complete lack of alternative sources of information, we did not believe the official propaganda.’
    • ‘They were intended to conduct psychological warfare and distribute anticommunist propaganda.’
    • ‘The most popular arena for spreading false propaganda is the Internet.’
    • ‘This propaganda was drilled into American soldiers for more than a year before the war.’
    • ‘America's wartime radio propaganda emphasised an increasingly corporate vision of America's future.’
    • ‘The television screen greatly enhances the possibility of spreading the propaganda of the deed.’
    • ‘Science is the search for fact, not the publication of spurious propaganda.’
    • ‘He then went on to use this view as propaganda to control people and make them feel what he was doing was right.’
    • ‘The Prague story has now been publicly exposed as a fraudulent piece of war propaganda.’
    • ‘Newspaper proprietors accepted the new controls on the altar of total war and co-operated in disseminating government propaganda.’
    • ‘More serious, however, was the ineffectiveness of official propaganda in favour of the war.’
    • ‘Of course, an evil regime will attempt to use our views for its propaganda.’
    • ‘You have to be a lot better at propaganda if you want to make people listen to your views.’
    • ‘It makes me so mad that we often get propaganda and not news from the television and daily papers.’
    • ‘They set up strike committees, produced propaganda and even put on shows and political theatre.’
    • ‘Most blogs are a form of personal propaganda, stating views in an authoritative tone.’
    information, promotion, advertising, advertisement, publicity, advocacy
    spin, newspeak, agitprop, disinformation, counter-information, brainwashing, indoctrination, the big lie
    info, hype, plugging
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    1. 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’
      • ‘The miners were no angels but the media was blatantly and cynically used as a propaganda machine for the government.’
      • ‘Removal of context is one of most persistent propaganda tactics around.’
      • ‘The Independent's source then shed additional light on the tactics of the government propaganda machine.’
      • ‘This stands, as we shall see, in a long tradition of propaganda by deed.’
      • ‘It is time our student funded newspaper practised true journalism and not propaganda.’
      • ‘The influence of advertisers is only one element of this propaganda system.’
      • ‘What should have been a propaganda coup for Germany turned out to be the opposite.’
      • ‘Perhaps only a long period of education or propaganda could remove our abhorrence.’
      • ‘To regard this as a propaganda coup is to misunderstand the sociopathic threat that confronts us.’
      • ‘The media and the government started a fierce propaganda campaign to change this opinion.’
      • ‘The role of the government propaganda camps known as public schools cannot be discounted in all this.’
      • ‘The Cold War may be over, but the intelligence-gathering and propaganda machines grind on.’
      • ‘It all looked terribly cool, the power of propaganda and marketing at work.’
      • ‘One part of what we have to do is contest reformism's ideas and practices, in direct argument and propaganda.’
      • ‘The US media and politicians were quick to spot the propaganda potential of these victories.’
      • ‘The third method is to set up a system of accountability for propaganda work.’
  • 2A committee of cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church responsible for foreign missions, founded in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV.


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