agitpropist

agitprop

[aj-it-prop]
noun
1.
agitation and propaganda, especially for the cause of communism.
2.
(often initial capital letter) an agency or department, as of a government, that directs and coordinates agitation and propaganda.
3.
Also, agitpropist. a person who is trained or takes part in such activities.
adjective
4.
of or pertaining to agitprop.

Origin:
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.

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agitprop (ˈædʒɪtˌprɒp)
 
n
1.  (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
2.  a.  any promotion, as in the arts, of political propaganda, esp of a Communist nature
 b.  (as modifier): agitprop theatre
 
[C20: short for Russian Agitpropbyuro, from agit(atsiya) agitation + prop(aganda) propaganda]

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agitprop
1930s, from Rus. agitatsiya "agitation" (from Fr. agitation; see agitation) + propaganda, from Ger. (see propaganda).
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