Definition of propaganda noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌprɒpəˈɡændə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌprɑːpəˈɡændə//
[uncountable] (usually disapproving)
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ideas or statements that may be false or exaggerated and that are used in order to gain support for a political leader, party, etc. enemy propaganda a propaganda campaign Word OriginItalian, from modern Latin congregatio de propaganda fide ‘congregation for propagation of the faith’, which was a committee of cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church responsible for foreign missions (founded in 1622). The current sense dates from the early 20th cent.Extra examples He has been listening to his own propaganda for so long that he is in danger of believing it. Soviet propaganda against Fascism The Olympics were of great propaganda value to the regime. The film was made in 1938 for propaganda purposes. The papers were full of political propaganda about nationalization. The pirate radio station broadcast anti-government propaganda. the lies that were spewed out by the regime’s propaganda machine He was charged with ‘distributing enemy propaganda’ and possessing foreign currency. They engaged in a propaganda campaign to present him as a powerful leader. This document is pure party propaganda.
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