What does Propaganda mean?

Definitions for Propagandaˌprɒp əˈgæn də

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. propaganda(noun)

    information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause


  1. propaganda(Noun)

    A concerted set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of large numbers of people.

  2. Origin: From propaganda, short for Congregātiō dē Propagandā Fide, "congregation for propagating the faith", a committee of cardinals established 1622 by Gregory XV to supervise foreign missions, and properly the ablative feminine gerundive of propago (see English propagation). Modern political sense dates from World War I, not originally pejorative.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Propaganda(noun)

    a congregation of cardinals, established in 1622, charged with the management of missions

  2. Propaganda(noun)

    the college of the Propaganda, instituted by Urban VIII. (1623-1644) to educate priests for missions in all parts of the world

  3. Propaganda(noun)

    hence, any organization or plan for spreading a particular doctrine or a system of principles

  4. Origin: [Abbrev. fr. L. de propaganda fide: cf. F. propagande. See Propagate.]


  1. Propaganda

    Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed towards influencing the attitude of the community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes. As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political, religious or commercial agenda. Propaganda can be used as a form of ideological or commercial warfare. While the term propaganda has acquired a strongly negative connotation by association with its most manipulative and jingoistic examples, propaganda in its original sense was neutral, and could refer to uses that were generally benign or innocuous, such as public health recommendations, signs encouraging citizens to participate in a census or election, or messages encouraging persons to report crimes to law enforcement, among others.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Propaganda

    a congregation, as it is called, at Rome, originated by Gregory XIII., and organised in 1622 by Gregory XV., the object of which is to propagate the faith of the Church among heathen nations and in countries where there is no established hierarchy, connected with which there is a college at Rome called the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, where pupils are instructed for different fields of missionary enterprise.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Propaganda

    The deliberate attempt to influence attitudes and beliefs for furthering one's cause or damaging an opponent's cause.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. propaganda

    Any form of adversary communication, especially of a biased or misleading nature, designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of any group in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Propaganda' in Nouns Frequency: #2771


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Propaganda in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Propaganda in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andrew Boyacigiller:

    I normally know the difference between propaganda and news.

  2. Evgeni Kostitsyn:

    There is no difference between Western media and Nazi propaganda.

  3. Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov:

    I think Islamist propaganda will now exploit Khalimov's example in full.

  4. Sam Manna:

    This is a calculated propaganda trying to diminish our political momentum.

  5. Ausonius:

    Propaganda is the art of persuading others of what you don't believe yourself.

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