ag·​it·​prop | \ ˈa-jət-ˌpräp How to pronounce agitprop (audio) \

Definition of agitprop

: propaganda You may not think that some agitprop in your Facebook feed would really get under your skin. But that is exactly what smartly tuned postings … are designed to do …The Daily News of Los Angeles especially : political propaganda promulgated chiefly in literature, drama, music, or art Ample and gorgeous evidence … that all was not agitprop in Russia's postrevolutionary culture. — Sada Fretz … turning to studio heads to churn out the sort of rah-rah agitprop released during World War II … — Graydon Carter … [Joshua] Harmon reserves some of his powerful soliloquies for characters who probably oppose his private, personal opinions. That is the difference, of course, between art and agitprop. — Samuel G. Freedman

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Other Words from agitprop

agitprop adjective
agitprop theater agitprop films/songs/posters an agitprop campaign Never has the Kremlin's agitprop mill cooed more seductively … — Richard Poe

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This agitprop is paired with the infiltration of institutions. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Russia’s Latin American Offensive," 2 Dec. 2018 Earlier that year, audiences had fallen hard for the ancien-régime agitprop of Downton Abbey, which premiered in January. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 It’s hard to give a good performance in a piece of agitprop: Heavy-duty ideas have a way of steamrolling actual human beings. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Sorry to Bother You May Be the Most Culturally Relevant Movie of the Year," 5 July 2018 Now the idea of California being the source of all evil is hardly novel in the annals of conservative agitprop, at least since the GOP lost its grip on the state in the 21st century. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Trip to California Aims to Displease," 8 Mar. 2018 Far from being agitprop provocateurs, their ingenuity was driven strictly by the artistic need to resolve dramatic problems. The Economist, "The great second act of Rodgers and Hammerstein," 15 Mar. 2018 Every ruling class needs propaganda, and Ready Player One is agitprop for the geek gods that reign on the Internet. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Small Screen / The Internet By villainizing nerdy fanboys, Black Mirror's Star Trek parody goes where no show has gone before," 8 Jan. 2018 And the percentage of people and organizations with the time, persistence and skill to ferret out the truth is not high — raising the danger that attitudes will be formed, and actions taken, under the influence of agitprop. New York Times, "The 9.17 Issue," 29 Sep. 2017 There’s also more than a telepathic touch of an artist Ms. Schutz doesn’t cite, the Depression-era agitprop painter, William Gropper. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Dana Schutz’ Review: Controversy and Complexity," 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of agitprop

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agitprop

borrowed from Russian Agitprop, shortened from Agitacionnopropagandistskij otdel "Agitation-Propaganda Section (of the Central Committee, or a local committee, of the Communist Party)"; later used for the head of such a section, or in compound names of political education organs, as agitpropbrigada "agitation-propaganda brigade"

Note: Russian agitpróp was probably first used in the names of state organs, then generalized as a shortening of agitatsiya i propaganda "agitation and propaganda," though the chronology is uncertain. In the latter sense well-known in Russian at least from the time of Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem Vo ves' golos (1928-30), containing the line "i mne agitprop v zubakh navyaz" ("and I was sick and tired of agitprop," literally, "and agitprop stuck in my teeth").

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