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

: 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

capitalized :  a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions
:  the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
:  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 \-dist\ noun or adjective
pro·pa·gan·dis·tic \-ˌgan-ˈdis-tik\ adjective
pro·pa·gan·dis·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PROPAGANDA

  1. He was accused of spreading propaganda.
  2. The report was nothing but lies and propaganda.
  3. She didn't buy into the propaganda of her day that women had to be soft and submissive. —Maria Shriver, Time, 26 Oct. 2009


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 for Kids

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


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