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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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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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 Russian state media propagandized for Trump and against Clinton every day. Brian Beutler, New Republic, "The Truth About the Russia-Trump Collusion Conspiracy," 11 July 2017 The protesters were acting on the orders of the small but militant Bolshevik wing of the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Party, which had been busy propagandizing military units and factory workers. Gregory Feifer, New York Times, "A New History Recalibrates the Villains of the Russian Revolution," 6 June 2017 The software will be used to quash an ever increasing growth of extremist recruiting and propagandizing on digital platforms. Kurt Snibbe, Orange County Register, "A look at the world’s new tool to combat extremism," 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of propagandize

1844, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of propagandize

formal : to spread propaganda

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to corrupt or become corrupted

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