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Propaganda Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause

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Propaganda Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Propaganda is a form of communication to distribute information. It is always biased. The information is designed to make people feel a certain way or to believe a certain thing. The information is often political.

It is hard to tell whether the information is true or false. Very often, the information is confusing and unfair. Propaganda does tend to make disputes last longer, and be more difficult to resolve.

The word 'propaganda' comes from Latin. At first, it meant 'ideas to be spread around'. But in the First World War, it came to mean 'political ideas that are supposed to be misleading'.

Propaganda is like advertising in some ways. For example, it uses the mass media to spread its ideas. But advertising is usually trying to sell something, whereas propaganda is about ideas. It is often political, and used by states or political parties, not private companies.

'Propaganda' example sentence in quotations

* All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. - Noam Chomsky

* A coalition of groups ... is waging a massive propaganda campaign against the president of the United States. ... an all-out attack. Their aim is total victory for themselves and total defeat for him. (On Watergate crisis) - Gerald R. Ford

* The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominate political mythology. - Michael Parenti

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Propaganda Sample Sentences in News

  • Syria's Assad calls chemical attack allegations 'propaganda'
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected allegations that his military used barrel bombs or chlorine gas against opposition-held areas, calling the accusations "malicious propaganda." Read more on this news related to 'Propaganda'
  • Red Guard propaganda to papal portrait: An artist profile
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Artist Shen Jiawei's paintings of Chinese soldiers during the Cultural Revolution were so popular with Mao's regime that 250,000 copies of his most famous work were made into propaganda posters and distributed throughout the country. Read more on this news related to 'Propaganda'
  • Russian Church secretly funds cartoonish anti-Western propaganda video
    A slick, wildly popular Russian propaganda video that casts Russians as heroic invaders was secretly funded by the Russian Orthodox Church, its makers have claimed. Read more on this news related to 'Propaganda'

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