[ prop-uh-gan-duh ]
/ ˌprɒp əˈgæn də /


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

Origin of propaganda

1710–20; < New 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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British Dictionary definitions for propaganda (1 of 2)

/ (ˌprɒpəˈɡændə) /


the organized dissemination of information, allegations, etc, to assist or damage the cause of a government, movement, etc
such information, allegations, etc

Derived forms of propaganda

propagandism, noun propagandist, noun, adjective

Word Origin for propaganda

C18: from Italian, use of propāgandā in the New Latin title Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith

British Dictionary definitions for propaganda (2 of 2)

/ (ˌprɒpəˈɡændə) /


RC Church a congregation responsible for directing the work of the foreign missions and the training of priests for these

Cultural definitions for propaganda


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.