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

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

Examples of agitprop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But then the show became a strident piece of agitprop that strained credulity. Omid Khazani And Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 His tendency to explain it through leftist politics is the same inclination that infects recent inferior literary agitprop such as Between the World and Me, The Underground Railroad, and Citizen: An American Lyric. Armond White, National Review, 12 Nov. 2021 But beyond the hyperbole and agitprop expected from the likes of such NGOs, even seasoned observers of oil markets seem to have taken to media-lynching the Saudis. Tilak Doshi, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 In front of a wall filled with agitprop posters of Malcolm X, Mao Zedong, and Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebrón, doctors stuck tiny needles into the ears of a woman going through heroin withdrawal. Valeria Ricciulli, Curbed, 25 Oct. 2021 This modern retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus — who travels to hell to retrieve his beloved Eurydice — seemed too much like agitprop in 2019. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2021 Tübke painted gargantuan agitprop pieces, but in the manner of Tintoretto. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 Produced by Rubin and containing their biggest singles, Toxicity was the delivery system ferrying System of a Down’s agitprop thrash to radio stations and crowds across America, turning them into unlikely superstars. Jeremy Gordon, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2021 And the best stuff is hard to find amid the rows and rows of agitprop. Jason Kehe, Wired, 7 July 2021

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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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“Agitprop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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