pro·​pa·​gan·​dize | \ ˌprä-pə-ˈgan-ˌdīz How to pronounce propagandize (audio) \
propagandized; propagandizing

Definition of propagandize

transitive verb

: to subject to propaganda also : to carry on propaganda for

intransitive verb

: to carry on propaganda

Other Words from propagandize

propagandizer \ ˌprä-​pə-​ˈgan-​ˌdī-​zər How to pronounce propagandize (audio) \ noun

Examples of propagandize in a Sentence

They were propagandized into believing what the government wanted them to believe. He uses his movies to propagandize for the state.
Recent Examples on the Web The issue —which was flagged by its own researchers — is particularly harmful for teenage girls who compare themselves to influencers who propagandize popularity and physical perfection. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 This is especially true in certain foreign markets like Sri Lanka, India, and Myanmar, where Facebook been manipulated by illiberal and authoritarian governments to spy on dissidents, propagandize, and provoke real violence. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 5 May 2021 Saudi Twitter has since become a place for the government to propagandize, track dissident thought, and identify victims for MBS’s personal team of enforcers. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 9 Apr. 2021 In such a world, a university can exist only to propagandize. WSJ, 9 Aug. 2020 Yes, Cuba has high rates of literacy, but the state wanted readers in order to propagandize them. Mona Charen, National Review, 26 Feb. 2020 These efforts are so widespread, they have already been propagandized, in promotional videos wherein drones disperse groups of people playing newly dangerous sidewalk games of mah-jongg. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 19 Mar. 2020 But the illumination clearly shows how art can be used to propagandize hate. Steven Litt,, 1 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile the Chinese government is constantly propagandizing against the United States within China and beyond its borders. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 16 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of propagandize

1844, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Propagandize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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