Definition of propaganda in US English:

propaganda

noun

  • 1Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular 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.’
    • ‘It makes me so mad that we often get propaganda and not news from the television and daily papers.’
    • ‘The television screen greatly enhances the possibility of spreading the propaganda of the deed.’
    • ‘This propaganda was drilled into American soldiers for more than a year before the war.’
    • ‘Despite an almost complete lack of alternative sources of information, we did not believe the official propaganda.’
    • ‘They set up strike committees, produced propaganda and even put on shows and political theatre.’
    • ‘Newspaper proprietors accepted the new controls on the altar of total war and co-operated in disseminating government propaganda.’
    • ‘Of course, an evil regime will attempt to use our views for its propaganda.’
    • ‘He is not misled by the xenophobic propaganda and can judge it on the merit of its source.’
    • ‘More serious, however, was the ineffectiveness of official propaganda in favour of the war.’
    • ‘Most blogs are a form of personal propaganda, stating views in an authoritative tone.’
    • ‘They were intended to conduct psychological warfare and distribute anticommunist propaganda.’
    • ‘He then went on to use this view as propaganda to control people and make them feel what he was doing was right.’
    • ‘One of the first aims of propaganda is to dehumanize the enemy in the public mind.’
    • ‘America's wartime radio propaganda emphasised an increasingly corporate vision of America's future.’
    • ‘The most popular arena for spreading false propaganda is the Internet.’
    • ‘The internet became a powerful tool in countering the official propaganda.’
    • ‘The Prague story has now been publicly exposed as a fraudulent piece of war propaganda.’
    • ‘You have to be a lot better at propaganda if you want to make people listen to your views.’
    • ‘Science is the search for fact, not the publication of spurious propaganda.’
    information, promotion, advertising, advertisement, publicity, advocacy
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    1. 1.1 The 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps only a long period of education or propaganda could remove our abhorrence.’
      • ‘The role of the government propaganda camps known as public schools cannot be discounted in all this.’
      • ‘It all looked terribly cool, the power of propaganda and marketing at work.’
      • ‘The third method is to set up a system of accountability for propaganda work.’
      • ‘The Cold War may be over, but the intelligence-gathering and propaganda machines grind on.’
      • ‘What should have been a propaganda coup for Germany turned out to be the opposite.’
      • ‘The US media and politicians were quick to spot the propaganda potential of these victories.’
      • ‘The media and the government started a fierce propaganda campaign to change this opinion.’
      • ‘The Independent's source then shed additional light on the tactics of the government propaganda machine.’
      • ‘To regard this as a propaganda coup is to misunderstand the sociopathic threat that confronts us.’
      • ‘The influence of advertisers is only one element of this propaganda system.’
      • ‘Removal of context is one of most persistent propaganda tactics around.’
      • ‘One part of what we have to do is contest reformism's ideas and practices, in direct argument and propaganda.’
  • 2A committee of cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church responsible for foreign missions, founded in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV.

Origin

Italian, from modern Latin congregatio de propaganda fide ‘congregation for propagation of the faith’ (see propaganda (sense 2)). propaganda (sense 1) dates from the early 20th century.

Pronunciation

propaganda

/ˌpräpəˈɡandə//ˌprɑpəˈɡændə/