1 of 2


pro·​pa·​gan·​dist ˌprä-pə-ˈgan-dist How to pronounce propagandist (audio)
plural propagandists
: someone who produces or spreads propaganda : a person who spreads ideas, facts, or allegations deliberately to further a cause or to damage an opposing cause
left-wing/right-wing propagandists
From the mid-1860s on through the 1870s, Jesse had the help of a propagandist, a former Confederate major named John Newman Edwards, who switched to journalism and did all he could to promote Jesse as a kind of rebel knight errant.Larry McMurtry


2 of 2


variants or propagandistic
: of, relating to, or being propaganda : characterized by ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further a cause or to damage an opposing cause
propagandist rhetoric
propagandistic art
"… I like Jacques-Louis David a lot, too, although he was a propagandist painter. …"Bob Dylan
Accompanying text reported the outstanding political and economic achievements of the Party and detailed propagandistic speeches at length.Linda Jensen
Yes, this film is propagandist in nature, but is at the same time a documentary.Matt Campbell
propagandistically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
At first glance, Griff is Public Enemy’s sideshow attraction, a propagandist agitating in service of a savvy marketing strategy. John Leland, SPIN, 25 Feb. 2023 Hu Xijin, a top party propagandist, senses dangers in all the demands for an apology. Li Yuan, New York Times, 15 Dec. 2022 The newly stagnant West, both as an artist and as a propagandist, keeps reaching for clichés. Sign up for The Daily. Receive the best of The New Yorker, every day, in your in-box. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2022 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a propagandist for the regime. Joe Lieberman, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 After his capture, Khalifa identified himself to multiple news outlets as the mysterious propagandist. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 As the country's chief propagandist, Kim Yo Jong was already an important political figure and is known to be one of Kim Jong Un's most powerful and trusted confidantes. Aj Willingham, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 Legendary suffragettes went to trial there, as did a Nazi propagandist. Nina Ruggiero, Travel + Leisure, 28 May 2021 Just two weeks after the election, Bannon teamed up with Amy Kremer, a longtime political operative who chaired the Tea Party Express PAC as Bannon was making his mark as the chief propagandist for the Tea Party movement. Adele M. Stan, The New Republic, 10 Mar. 2021
Despite Putin’s efforts to restrict rights, his ability to control the narrative in Russia through propagandist tools has paid off. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 1 Sep. 2022 To read or view the manipulative domestic coverage of the assault on Ukraine is to walk through a looking glass into a propagandist world of Russian heroes and Ukrainian nationalist villains. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 Instead, the Chinese film industry is taking a more populist and propagandist direction that is less attractive to overseas festivals. Patrick Frater, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'propagandist.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History



borrowed from French propagandiste, from propagande propaganda + -iste -ist entry 1

First Known Use


1792, in the meaning defined above


1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of propagandist was in 1792

Dictionary Entries Near propagandist

Cite this Entry

“Propagandist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on propagandist

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love It or Hate It

  • heart-fire
  • When asked about her blind date, Carol spoke for hours with vitriol.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?