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

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Other Words from propagandize

propagandizer \ ˌprä-​pə-​ˈgan-​ˌdī-​zər How to pronounce propagandizer (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 Yes, Cuba has high rates of literacy, but the state wanted readers in order to propagandize them. Mona Charen, National Review, "The Moral Failing of Bernie Sanders," 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, "When the Checkpoints Come," 19 Mar. 2020 But the illumination clearly shows how art can be used to propagandize hate. Steven Litt,, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 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, "It’s Time for Trump to Troll China," 16 Aug. 2019 That may be the message aimed at Fox News and his other wavering right-wing allies: stop criticizing and start propagandizing. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump Assembles His Gang of Social-Media Deplorables," 11 July 2019 There has been an effort to propagandize the public with the idiotic mantra of no obstruction no collusion. Alana Abramson, Time, "Robert Mueller Will Testify Publicly About His Investigation," 25 June 2019 This is why perpetrators work so hard to propagandize, criminalize, and dehumanize the Other. Anna Lind-guzik, Vox, "I’m a Jewish historian. Yes, we should call border detention centers “concentration camps.”," 20 June 2019 This year, the public learned that Russian operatives used Facebook to propagandize and troll Americans during the 2016 election, using connectivity to create division. Avi Selk,, "Facebook VP justified bullying, terrorism as costs of network's 'growth'," 30 Mar. 2018

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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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formal : to spread propaganda

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