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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to carry on propaganda
propagandizer 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 All of it is akin to the Left’s long history of propagandizing news to advance political agendas. Christopher Tremoglie, Washington Examiner, 11 Jan. 2024 Video From The New Yorker La Isla: Women Speak Out After Mass Arrests in El Salvador To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video The officers were more than aware that they would be accused of propagandizing. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2023 What the village might then need to save itself from the deceptive and propagandizing power of media, Sembène didn’t live long enough to dramatize. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2023 He’s been lightly educated, or propagandized, like countless others. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 23 Aug. 2023 Second, China, critics say and TikTok denies, can suppress unfavorable information on TikTok and use it to propagandize. Larry Seltzer, Spin, 15 Aug. 2023 Ten years ago, Twitter and Facebook were supposed to help shepherd in the Arab Spring revolutions, but these platforms were eventually co-opted by a number of regimes as places to propagandize, conduct surveillance, censor, and map protester networks. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 12 Sep. 2022 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 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of propagandize was in 1844

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“Propagandize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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pro·​pa·​gan·​dize ˌpräp-ə-ˈgan-ˌdīz How to pronounce propagandize (audio)
propagandized; propagandizing
: to spread propaganda
: to try to influence by propaganda

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