Definition of propagandist in US English:



  • A person who promotes or publicizes a particular organization or cause.

    ‘a highly persuasive political propagandist’
    • ‘As the war looms closer warmongering propagandists will step up their flag-waving jingoism and attacks on so called ‘traitors’.’
    • ‘Who wins elections is not (much as they'd prefer you not to remember) governed by the propagandists.’
    • ‘Germany under the Kaiser was not the monstrous regime it was made out to be by the propagandists of the British empire at the time the war broke out.’
    • ‘Today's people are crude propagandists with a lust for power.’
    • ‘Like most propagandists, he measures individuals according to his own rigid standard of how they should have thought and acted.’
    • ‘What this means is that several modern artists no longer wish to see themselves as minions or propagandists of a social mission.’
    • ‘Walsh points out that German propagandists and journalists were charged before the Nuremberg tribunal for similar complicity in the Nazi war crimes.’
    • ‘Low standards of education have left citizens vulnerable to exploitation by extremists and terrorist propagandists.’
    • ‘They may be propagandists for war criminals or thugs.’
    • ‘For decades, the propagandists of ‘economic reform’ have held up the US as proof that their program will work.’
    advocate, champion, supporter, promoter, proponent, exponent, campaigner, crusader, publicist, evangelist, apostle, proselytizer, indoctrinator
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  • Consisting of or spreading propaganda.

    ‘propagandist films’
    • ‘For most of them, they have grown up hearing distant propagandist rumblings from the mainland all their life, and in the tradition of the boy who cried wolf, the fear is rather underwhelming.’
    • ‘It had a great deal more credibility than the ephemeral, propagandist organs in which radical views were usually aired.’
    • ‘This vestigial remnant of Christianity turns protesters into propagandist missionaries.’
    • ‘Over the years, the images on stamps have become the medium for transmission of propagandist messages about the country of issue to its citizens and the rest of the world.’
    • ‘Her heritage of social activism influenced her to use her fiction and drama as propagandist tools.’
    • ‘He unpicks, scene by scene, the absurd, long-forgotten propagandist works of both sides.’
    • ‘Specialist and propagandist historians have tended to look at the religious phenomena in isolation from this cultural context.’
    • ‘The type of draconian legislation that produces such abuses is not so much designed to tackle terrorism as to manufacture an illusion of it for propagandist purposes.’
    • ‘The theater was to be run ‘on broad propagandist lines,’ but ‘non-sectarian and nonpolitical.’’
    • ‘The ability to provide real and ready financial aid is totally different from a continuous provision of propagandist advice only.’