Examples of propaganda in a Sentence
- She didn't buy into the propaganda of her day that women had to be soft and submissive. —Maria Shriver, Time, 26 Oct. 2009
- 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
- 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
- … 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
He was accused of spreading propaganda.
The report was nothing but lies and propaganda.
Recent Examples of propaganda from the Web
Many of its propaganda tools merely aped the sorts of chauvinist and ethno-nationalist sentiment that Mr Trump and other right-wing politicians have long used to charge up their base.
On its Fourth of July cover one year, a puckish rendition of Maoist-style propaganda appeared.
By November, he was convinced their platforms had become propaganda tools for bad actors trying to undermine democracy.
His intention was clearly only to make fun of North Korean propaganda, but authorities took this as amounting to praising Pyongyang.
Television, the most popular source of news and information, often functions as a government propaganda tool.
Hannity’s show is steeped in classic techniques of propaganda.
This week, Trump took his privileging of propaganda over policy to harrowing new heights.
Pence also spoke Wednesday with the parents of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who had been detained in North Korea for trying to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel.
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The History of propaganda
Propaganda is today most often used in reference to political statements, but the word comes to our language through its use in a religious context. The Congregatio de propaganda fide (“Congregation for propagating the faith”) was an organization established in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV as a means of furthering Catholic missionary activity. The word propaganda is from the ablative singular feminine of propogandus, which is the gerundive of the Latin propagare, meaning “to propagate.” The first use of the word propaganda (without the rest of the Latin title) in English was in reference to this Catholic organization. It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that it began to be used as a term denoting ideas or information that are of questionable accuracy as a means of advancing a cause.
PROPAGANDA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of propaganda for English Language Learners
: 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.
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