Meaning of “propaganda” in the English Dictionary

"propaganda" in British English

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propagandanoun [ U ]

uk /ˌprɒp.əˈɡæn.də/ us /ˌprɑː.pəˈɡæn.də/ mainly disapproving

C2 information, ideas, opinions, or images, often only giving one part of an argument, that are broadcast, published, or in some other way spread with the intention of influencing people's opinions:

political/wartime propaganda
At school we were fed communist/right-wing propaganda.
One official dismissed the ceasefire as a mere propaganda exercise.

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  • He was brought up on a diet of political propaganda from birth.
  • The whole nation was force-fed government propaganda about how well the country was doing.
  • It's now up to the government's propaganda machine to restore the prime minister's image.
  • The official propaganda machine went into overdrive when war broke out.
  • Her ideas have been shamelessly perverted to serve the president's propaganda campaign.
verb [ I ] formal mainly disapproving UK usually propagandise uk /ˌprɒp.əˈɡæn.daɪz/ us /ˌprɑː.pəˈɡæn.daɪz/

to create or spread propaganda

(Definition of “propaganda” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"propaganda" in American English

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propagandanoun [ U ]

us /ˌprɑp·əˈɡæn·də/

information or ideas that are spread by an organized group or government to influence people’s opinions, esp. by not giving all the facts or by secretly emphasizing only one way of looking at the facts

(Definition of “propaganda” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"propaganda" in Business English

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propagandanoun [ U ]

uk /ˌprɒpəˈɡændə/ us disapproving

information, ideas, opinions, or images that give one part of an argument, which are broadcast, published, etc. in order to influence people's opinions:

a propaganda campaign/tool/exercise The report is just a political propaganda tool.
anti-government/anti-Western/anti-American propaganda In the cyber attack, the home pages of official websites were replaced with anti-government propaganda.
Critics called the book a blatant piece of propaganda.

(Definition of “propaganda” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)