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[aj-it-prop] /ˈædʒ ɪtˌprɒp/
agitation and propaganda, especially for the cause of communism.
(often initial capital letter) an agency or department, as of a government, that directs and coordinates agitation and propaganda.
Also, agitpropist. a person who is trained or takes part in such activities.
of or relating to agitprop.
Origin of agitprop
1930-35; < Russian Agitpróp, orig. for Agitatsiónno-propagandístskiĭ otdél Agitation Propaganda Section (of the Central Committee, or a local committee, of the Communist Party); subsequently the head of such a section, or in compound names of political education organs, as agitpropbrigáda, etc. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for agitprop
  • These arguments are generally reserved for pseudo-scientific left-wing agitprop.
  • Left-wing agitprop is not the truth-seeker's alternative to right-wing disinformation.
  • Eye-popping and often thought-provoking, their pieces range from narrative realism to deconstructive art to political agitprop.
  • The film's not meant to be demoralizing or some stark political agitprop.
  • So familiar is the concept of the vulnerable panda that it provides the subject for the center's one overtly agitprop message.
  • Genuine ideological differences are now aired, rather than bitterly decried as betrayal or agitprop.
  • His was the scream in the agitprop cathedral and people loved it.
British Dictionary definitions for agitprop


(often capital) (formerly) a bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, in charge of agitation and propaganda on behalf of Communism
  1. any promotion, as in the arts, of political propaganda, esp of a Communist nature
  2. (as modifier): agitprop theatre
Word Origin
C20: short for Russian Agitpropbyuro, from agit(atsiya) agitation + prop(aganda) propaganda
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Word Origin and History for agitprop

also agit-prop, 1938, from Russian agitatsiya "agitation" (from French agitation; see agitation) + propaganda, from German (see propaganda).

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