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noun pro·pa·gan·da \ˌprä-pə-ˈgan-də, ˌprō-\

Simple Definition of propaganda

  • : ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, etc.

Full Definition of propaganda

  1. 1 capitalized :  a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions

  2. 2 :  the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person

  3. 3 :  ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause; also :  a public action having such an effect

pro·pa·gan·dist play \-dist\ noun or adjective
pro·pa·gan·dis·tic play \-ˌgan-ˈdis-tik\ adjective
pro·pa·gan·dis·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of propaganda

  1. She didn't buy into the propaganda of her day that women had to be soft and submissive. —Maria Shriver, Time, 26 Oct. 2009

  2. We've so bought into the mass delusion, the nutty propaganda, that now the ideal American family is one that's on steroids … —Anna Quindlen, Newsweek, 27 Apr. 2009

  3. … just propaganda for a mode of life no one could live without access to the very impulse-suppressing, nostalgia-provoking drugs they don't want you to have … —Richard Ford, Independence Day, 1995

  4. They see all clear thinking, all sense of reality, and all fineness of living, threatened on every side by propaganda, by advertisement, by film and television. —C. S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism, (1961) 2009

  5. He was accused of spreading propaganda.

  6. The report was nothing but lies and propaganda.

Origin of propaganda

New Latin, from Congregatio de propaganda fide Congregation for propagating the faith, organization established by Pope Gregory XV †1623

First Known Use: 1718

Rhymes with propaganda

PROPAGANDA Defined for Kids


noun pro·pa·gan·da \ˌprä-pə-ˈgan-də\

Definition of propaganda

  1. :  an organized spreading of often false ideas or the ideas spread in such a way

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