propaganda

[prop-uh-gan-duh]
noun
1.
information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
2.
the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.
3.
the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
4.
Roman Catholic Church.
a.
a committee of cardinals, established in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, having supervision over foreign missions and the training of priests for these missions.
b.
a school (College of Propaganda) established by Pope Urban VIII for the education of priests for foreign missions.
5.
Archaic. an organization or movement for the spreading of propaganda.

Origin:
1710–20; < Neo-Latin, short for congregātiō dē propāgandā fidē congregation for propagating the faith; propāgandā, ablative singular feminine gerundive of propāgāre; see propagate

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propaganda (ˌprɒpəˈɡændə)
 
n
1.  the organized dissemination of information, allegations, etc, to assist or damage the cause of a government, movement, etc
2.  such information, allegations, etc
 
[C18: from Italian, use of propāgandā in the New Latin title Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith]
 
propa'gandism
 
n
 
propa'gandist
 
n, —adj

Propaganda (ˌprɒpəˈɡændə)
 
n
RC Church a congregation responsible for directing the work of the foreign missions and the training of priests for these

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Word Origin & History

propaganda
1718, from Mod.L. propaganda, short for Congregatio de Propaganda Fide "congregation for propagating the faith," committee of cardinals established 1622 by Gregory XV to supervise foreign missions, prop. abl. fem. gerundive of L. propagare (see propagation). Modern political
sense dates from World War I, not originally pejorative.
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propaganda definition


Official government communications to the public that are designed to influence opinion. The information may be true or false, but it is always carefully selected for its political effect.

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Example sentences
They would be the ones to invest the big money into a propaganda campaign to
  convince less educated people that it was a hoax.
And left wing propaganda poses little threat to students who never actually
  read it.
It has become a major, defining moment, for those who pursue the political and
  social propaganda.
Possibly more interesting as propaganda than playwriting.
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