Meaning of PROPAGANDA in English


prop ‧ a ‧ gan ‧ da /ˌprɒpəˈɡændə $ ˌprɑː-/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Date: 1700-1800 ; Language: Modern Latin ; Origin: Congregatio de propaganda fide 'Congregation for propagating the faith' , Roman Catholic organization set up in 1622 ]

information which is false or which emphasizes just one part of a situation, used by a government or political group to make people agree with them:

the spreading of political propaganda

Nazi/Communist etc propaganda

propaganda exercise/campaign (=something done to show one political opinion)

They have mounted a propaganda campaign against Western governments.

the government propaganda machine (=people who produce propaganda)

—propagandize ( also -ise British English ) verb [intransitive and transitive]

—propagandist noun [countable]

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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + propaganda

▪ political propaganda

Don't believe all the political propaganda.

▪ enemy propaganda

He was charged with ‘distributing enemy propaganda’.

▪ communist/Soviet etc propaganda

Much communist propaganda was about the evils of capitalism.

▪ party propaganda

Public money should not be used to produce party propaganda.

▪ government/official propaganda

Everything would soon get better, according to the official propaganda.

■ verbs

▪ spread propaganda

Several underground organizations were spreading anti-government propaganda.

■ phrases

▪ a piece of propaganda

The claim was a typical piece of Russian propaganda.

■ propaganda + NOUN

▪ a propaganda campaign

The Tories mounted a massive propaganda campaign against the Labour leader.

▪ a propaganda war

He denied the existence of any political prisoners, dismissing the claims as part of a propaganda war.

▪ a propaganda exercise (=something done as propaganda)

The meeting was just a propaganda exercise.

▪ a propaganda machine (=people who produce propaganda in an organized way)

The regime’s propaganda machine presented the incident as a triumph.

▪ a propaganda weapon (=an event, situation etc that can be used for propaganda)

Sporting success was an important propaganda weapon during the Cold War.

▪ a propaganda tool (=an organization or type of communication that is used to spread propaganda)

The newspaper had been turned into a propaganda tool.

▪ propaganda value (=ability to be used for propaganda)

There was propaganda value in agreeing to a peace conference.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.