Definition of agitprop in English:



  • Political (originally communist) propaganda, especially in art or literature.

    as modifier ‘agitprop painters’
    • ‘Radical organizations leverage the militant tone and temper set by the delegates to propagate their malevolent agitprop.’
    • ‘When a new generation became radicalised in the 1960s and 1970s theatre changed dramatically, with Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in east London and agitprop theatre groups like CAST.’
    • ‘Outgrowing the constraints of the street and agitprop meant that they started to really work.’
    • ‘It happened in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, where the BBC and Radio Free Europe - aided by rock and roll - proved more powerful than communist state agitprop.’
    • ‘This is unashamedly agitprop, but there is a missed opportunity.’
    • ‘If it sounds like agitprop, then I'm not doing it justice.’
    • ‘‘Political’ drama has, for 20 years, been tainted by memories of 1970s agitprop.’
    • ‘His targets include politics and religion, but it is not a political play in any agitprop sense.’
    • ‘Of course, he is in no way obligated to provide solutions, else the play be nothing but a piece of agitprop with an in-your-face agenda.’
    • ‘It could be argued that this apocalyptic novel is a ghost story, science fiction, transcendental cult fiction, anti-military agitprop or new-age fantasy - it is all of these and more.’
    • ‘Erm… is Pete suggesting that documentaries have less influence on politics and public opinion than agitprop singers?’
    • ‘This last point is crucial because Hare avoids the trap of agitprop by cannily subverting the play's anti-war bias.’
    • ‘‘News’ is often more agitprop or tabloid than topical.’
    • ‘Beijing this winter is festooned with orange banners and billboards that look like Communist agitprop.’
    • ‘If you're going to do agitprop you have to be incredibly focused.’
    • ‘Your work tends not to employ direct political messages - it's not agitprop.’
    • ‘Please refer all complaints, communist manifestos, Jeffersonian agitprop, and bills to this address.’
    • ‘Indeed, TV agitprop from the period shows how backing for the war was won ideologically - through the fear of the evils of Communism during the Cold War, and through the jingoism towards a ‘people who live out there’.’
    • ‘But the plot is never subordinated to rhetorical analysis, and rightly so - art needn't be agitprop to enrich our understanding of the world and its injustices.’
    • ‘It is entirely unsurprising that fringe groups with intense ideological commitments will engage in propaganda and agitprop journalism, happily distorting the facts to promote their cause.’
    information, promotion, advertising, advertisement, publicity, advocacy
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1930s: Russian, blend of agitatsiya ‘agitation’ and propaganda ‘propaganda’.