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Topic: POLITICS

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: Congregatio de propaganda fide 'Congregation for propagating the faith', Roman Catholic organization set up in 1622

propaganda

noun
     
prop‧a‧gan‧da [uncountable]
PP information which is false or which emphasizes just one part of a situation, used by a government or political group to make people agree with them:
the spreading of political propaganda
propaganda exercise/campaign (=something done to show one political opinion)
They have mounted a propaganda campaign against Western governments.
the government propaganda machine (=people who produce propaganda)
propagandize also -ise British English verb [intransitive and transitive]
propagandist noun [countable]
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