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.

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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 This is likely because of the demands of dramatic compression rather than any propagandizing on the part of the show’s makers. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: Taylor Kitsch Is a Charismatic David Koresh in ‘Waco’," 23 Jan. 2018 But the musicians and other performers being sent by Pyongyang, like any North Korean artist allowed to appear overseas, will have been well-trained in propagandizing for the country’s authoritarian regime. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "North Korea Agrees, Again, to Pre-Olympic Visit to South Korea," 20 Jan. 2018 The Education Department is letting for-profit colleges fleece their students — while its leader tours the country propagandizing against the very concept of public education. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP Donor Class Is a Pack of Ungrateful Brats," 5 Oct. 2017 Kim is immature and paranoid about losing power to his own generals, his people and propagandized external threats. Roger Showley,, "Economic sanctions against North Korea: Will they work?," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of propagandize

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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English Language Learners Definition of propagandize

formal : to spread propaganda

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