propagandist

noun
pro·​pa·​gan·​dist | \ ˌprä-pə-ˈgan-dist How to pronounce propagandist (audio) , ˌprō- \
plural propagandists

Definition of propagandist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

propagandist

adjective
variants: or propagandistic \ ˌprä-​pə-​ˌgan-​ˈdi-​stik How to pronounce propagandistic (audio) , ˌprō-​ \

Definition of propagandist (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Other Words from propagandist

Adjective

propagandistically \ ˌprä-​pə-​ˌgan-​ˈdi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce propagandistically (audio) , ˌprō-​ \ adverb

First Known Use of propagandist

Noun

1792, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propagandist

Noun

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

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“Propagandist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propagandist. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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