Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.
  • n. Material disseminated by the advocates or opponents of a doctrine or cause: wartime propaganda.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church A division of the Roman Curia that has authority in the matter of preaching the gospel, of establishing the Church in non-Christian countries, and of administering Church missions in territories where there is no properly organized hierarchy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A congregation of cardinals, established in 1622, charged with the management of missions.
  • n. The college of the Propaganda, instituted by Urban VIII. (1623-1644) to educate priests for missions in all parts of the world.
  • n. Hence, any organization or plan for spreading a particular doctrine or a system of principles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A committee of cardinals (Congregation de Propaganda Fide, ‘for propagating the faith’) which has the supervision of foreign missions in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • n. Hence Any kind of institution or organization for propagating a new doctrine or system of doctrines, or for proselyting.
  • n. Systematic effort to propagate or win support for a theory or method of action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Short for New Latin Sacra Congregātiō dē Prōpagandā Fidē, Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith (established 1622), from ablative feminine gerundive of Latin prōpāgāre, to propagate; see propagate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin propāganda, 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 Latin propāgō ("propagate") (see English propagation). Modern political sense dates from World War I, not originally pejorative. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Until recently the most famous historical use of the term propaganda made it synonymous with foreign missions.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • One of the first big Hollywood stars to play in a Chinese film and promote it, Bale, who won an Oscar this year for his role in "The Fighter", said anyone who used the word propaganda to describe Zhang's film would be wrong.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Thus, originally, the term propaganda was a neutral term.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • But in this period, the term propaganda just meant information or something like that.

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  • It's no accident that he wants media present at his trial: He has now entered what he calls the propaganda phase of his campaign, in which he imagines he will be given "a stage to the world" through which he can win over "tens of millions of European sympathizers and tens of thousands of brothers and sisters who support us fully and are willing to fight beside us."

    What Is Anders Breivik?

  • The local Lib Dem hierarchy believe the propaganda is a deliberate attempt to imply Stephen Powell was caught speeding, rather than his older brother Mike.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • When the propaganda is the truth it follows logically that your "truth" is really the propaganda.

    Sound Politics: McDermott: Bring Back Baath Party

  • LEVIN: They see themselves as lone wolves operationally, but they see themselves also as part of an umbrella entity of leaderless resistance, where they commit an act of violence, which they call propaganda of the deed.

    CNN Transcript Jun 12, 2009

  • LEVIN: They see themselves as lone wolves operationally but they see themselves also part of an umbrella entity of leaderless resistance where they commit an act of violence which they call propaganda of the deeds.

    CNN Transcript Jun 12, 2009

  • At times, President Ahmadinejad actually chuckled at what he called propaganda and lies from the West.

    CNN Transcript Dec 1, 2009

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  • JM believes that propaganda can be a gentlemanly goose.

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