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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

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    As Russia’s propaganda machine jolts back to life, flooding the Western world with curated hoo-hah, a popular notion in Russia is that these days everything is PR - the same cynical idea can be described as a symptom of the post-Great Recession West. Read more on this news related to 'Propaganda'
  • Sydney hostage drama: a jihadist propaganda win?
    His motives are a mystery and his acts described as random and deranged, but analysts say the gunman who took a Sydney cafe full of terrified people hostage could still score a propaganda coup for jihadists. Bearing a black jihadist flag, the Iranian-born Islamist created precisely the sort of lone-wolf attack urged by groups such as the Islamic State -- replete w Read more on this news related to 'Propaganda'

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