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subversive propaganda/literature
▪ We are the last nation to acknowledge the Communist propaganda of 47 years ago.
▪ Its collection of Communist propaganda is now being dismantled.
▪ He swallowed the Communist propaganda about Mihailovich being inactive and treating with the enemy.
▪ They've also been plastered on walls usually reserved for political propaganda.
▪ There was less interest in programmes on political subjects and an actual dislike of political propaganda programmes such as Nation and Humanism.
▪ But to subject a patient to political propaganda within the context of a consulting-room discussion about treatment is both unprofessional and cruel.
▪ Their purpose was to affirm Soviet propaganda about the evils of capitalism.
▪ In Najaf, Khomeini had begun a propaganda campaign against the Shah and his regime by circulating audio cassettes containing his pronouncements.
▪ Than Tun stepped up the propaganda campaign to end military government.
▪ The coming of war in 1914 quickly gave new impetus to the hitherto rather limited and amateurish propaganda efforts of governments.
▪ They offer little protection against heavily financed, one-sided campaigns and special-interest propaganda efforts.
▪ The representatives of the media should see the meeting as a constructive activity and not just a propaganda exercise.
▪ They are part of the propaganda exercise of doubt itself.
▪ Were all the sendings of messengers, offers and counter-offers, a propaganda exercise, a charade?
▪ Franco was assisted in the orchestration of this propaganda exercise by a convenient coincidence of the calendar.
▪ Anyway, there was always the suspicion that they were exaggerated by Stalin's propaganda machine.
▪ The chancery was used as a propaganda machine perhaps as never before.
▪ Even Saddam's propaganda machine failed to bring that lie to life.
▪ We have to find a way to utilise our fifty thousand members as an educational and propaganda machine.
▪ The malai propaganda machine had always lied about the scale of casualties in our earlier Civil War.
▪ But in recent weeks it has cranked an impressive propaganda machine into action.
▪ It is inconceivable that Edward would, for propaganda purposes, have falsely implicated one of his own household knights in treason.
▪ The railway industry had a propaganda purpose in the streamlining of outlines and in the new doctrine of modernism in these years.
▪ In some instances, I believe, spurious cases were cobbled together for propaganda purposes.
▪ But its propaganda value should not be allowed to deflect the urgent need for reform.
▪ But the caution of other princes may not have blinded their followers to the possible propaganda value of the Laudes.
▪ Such a confirmation was to be of great propaganda value to the papacy in addition to its immediate political and financial value.
▪ Even the mobile telephone has become a weapon in the propaganda war.
▪ Mr Barak has not just lost his majority; he has lost the propaganda war, too.
▪ Instead they were treated to a live on-air, across the networks propaganda war, with Al Gore firing the first salvos.
▪ It was thus necessary to reanimate local antislavery societies, renew the propaganda war, and once more undertake large-scale petitioning.
▪ We pride ourselves on having won the propaganda war.
▪ At the same same they are using propaganda and terror to boost their position in the countryside.
▪ A place where there are no foreign journalists, no chance to use him for propaganda.
▪ The chancery was used as a propaganda machine perhaps as never before.
▪ In ways such as these coinage was used for contemporary propaganda.
▪ And they are not above using some sharp contemporary propaganda.
Propaganda is a tool of war.
▪ a propaganda film
▪ a piece of anti-Communist propaganda
▪ In Najaf, Khomeini had begun a propaganda campaign against the Shah.
▪ Neo-Nazi propaganda
▪ Radio Marti is still there, spewing its US propaganda across the waters toward Cuba.
▪ Anyway, there was always the suspicion that they were exaggerated by Stalin's propaganda machine.
▪ Beginning in the 1970s, petrodollars financed the propaganda that encouraged submission and repudiated reflection.
▪ But such propaganda may not be welcomed.
▪ Coevolution can be seen as two parties snared in the web of mutual propaganda.
▪ Externally, a range of print media is available for the insertion of company propaganda, should the occasion arise.
▪ His name is known around the world-its prestige would be great propaganda against our enemies.
▪ In other words, at these points, Dawkins depends on propaganda and rhetoric.
▪ It was a lesson in propaganda he did not forget.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Propaganda \Prop`a*gan"da\, n. [Abbrev. fr. L. de propaganda fide: cf. F. propagande. See Propagate.]

  1. (R. C. Ch.)

    1. A congregation of cardinals, established in 1622, charged with the management of missions.

    2. The college of the Propaganda, instituted by Urban VIII. (1623-1644) to educate priests for missions in all parts of the world.

  2. Hence, any organization or plan for spreading a particular doctrine or a system of principles.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1718, "committee of cardinals in charge of Catholic missionary work," short for Congregatio de Propaganda Fide "congregation for propagating the faith," a committee of cardinals established 1622 by Gregory XV to supervise foreign missions. The word is properly the ablative fem. gerundive of Latin propagare (see propagation). Hence, "any movement to propagate some practice or ideology" (1790). Modern political sense dates from World War I, not originally pejorative. Meaning "material or information propagated to advance a cause, etc." is from 1929.


n. A concerted set of messages aimed at influence the opinions or behavior of large numbers of people.


n. information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause


Propaganda is information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicise a particular political cause or point of view. Propaganda is often associated with the psychological mechanisms of influencing and altering the attitude of a population toward a specific cause, position or political agenda in an effort to form a consensus to a standard set of belief patterns.

Propaganda is information that is not impartial and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information presented.

Today the term propaganda is associated with a manipulative and jingoistic approach, but propaganda historically was a neutral descriptive term.

Propaganda (band)

Propaganda are a German synthpop group, formed in 1982. They were one of the initial roster of acts signed to Trevor Horn's ZTT label, between 1984 and 1986, during which they released the critically acclaimed album A Secret Wish.

Propaganda (disambiguation)

Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position.

Propaganda may also refer to:

Propaganda (book)

Propaganda, an influential book written by Edward L. Bernays in 1928, incorporated the literature from social science and psychological manipulation into an examination of the techniques of public communication. Bernays wrote the book in response to the success of some of his earlier works such as Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923) and A Public Relations Counsel (1927). Propaganda explored the psychology behind manipulating masses and the ability to use symbolic action and propaganda to influence politics, effect social change, and lobby for gender and racial equality. Walter Lippman was Bernays’ unacknowledged American mentor and his work The Phantom Public greatly influenced the ideas expressed in Propaganda a year later. The work propelled Bernays into media historians’ view of him as the “father of public relations.”

Propaganda (Sparks album)

Propaganda is the fourth album by the American rock group Sparks. The title track is a short a cappella song with multiple overdubs from Russell Mael.

Propaganda (Aftershock album)

Propaganda was a 2 disc compilation album released by the metalcore band Aftershock. It is made up of their two albums; Letters and Through the Looking Glass, their Five Steps From Forever EP and a few rare tracks.

Propaganda (1999 film)

Propaganda is an award-winning 1999 Turkish comedy film written, directed and produced Sinan Çetin. The film, which is a darkly surreal comedy set in a sleepy village in the southeast Turkey in 1948, starred popular comedy actor Kemal Sunal, who died a year later in 2000. It was shown in competition at the 18th Istanbul International Film Festival and the 4th Shanghai International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Goblet, and went on general release across Turkey on .

Propaganda (Yugoslav band)

Propaganda ( Serbian Cyrillic: Пропаганда) was a Yugoslav new wave band from Belgrade, consisting of former Zvuk Ulice and Bulevar members. The band released only one album, Apatija javnosti, and disbanded.

Propaganda (magazine)

Propaganda was an American gothic subculture magazine. It was founded in 1982 by Fred H. Berger, a photographer from New York City. Berger's photography was featured prominently in the magazine. Propaganda focused on all aspects of the goth culture, including fashion, sexuality, music, art and literature. Propaganda was, at the time of its final issue in 2002, the longest running and most popular gothic subculture magazine in the United States.

Propaganda (musician)

'''Jason Emmanuel Petty ''' (born May 27, 1979), better known by his stage name Propaganda, is an American Christian hip hop and spoken word artist and poet from Los Angeles, California. He has released four albums as an independent artist and one collaborative album with the rapper Odd Thomas, and has performed and recorded as a member of the underground hip hop group Tunnel Rats and associated act Footsoldiers.

Propaganda (The Sound album)

Propaganda is an album by English post-punk band The Sound. It was recorded in 1979, before they recorded their debut album Jeopardy, and comprises the earliest material that they recorded. It was not released until April 1999 by record label Renascent, more than 10 years after the band broke up. It was viewed by the band as their true first album.

Re-recorded versions of three of the tracks appeared on Jeopardy: "Missiles", "Night Versus Day" and "Words Fail Me".

In 2015 the album was re-issued as part of a 5-disc box set that also included the albums Shock of Daylight, Heads and Hearts, In The Hothouse (Live) and Thunder Up.

Propaganda (desktop backgrounds)

PROPAGANDA is a large collection of GPL-licensed seamless desktop backgrounds included in various Linux distributions, and available via free download over the web. While no longer being produced or even officially hosted online, the collection consisted of approximately 15 volumes of largely abstract and surreal art, numbering over 1,000 images in total. Created in GIMP by Bowie J. Poag, the images were meant to attract users to the platform by virtue of the art having been 100% Linux-generated.

The style of the images produced by Poag were unusual in terms of their geometric qualities. Appearing to repeat seamlessly along all four edges, PROPAGANDA images became attractive for use in 3D modeling, and particularly for use as desktop wallpaper, in that limitations in graphics hardware at the time often prevented users from using full screen 24-bit images. Using smaller, tileable images for desktop backgrounds helped keep memory utilization to a minimum, while still allowing early Linux desktops to be visually appealing.

After ten months, Poag turned control of the project over to Naru Sundar who was then a student at the California Institute of Technology. Although Sundar would subsequently release two additional volumes, Poag terminated the project in April 2000 citing a lack of activity by Sundar, and a falling out with Chris DiBona, a manager of community projects at VA Linux Systems, who provided hosting space for his project.

As a side source of amusement, PROPAGANDA's website featured a satirical storyline that John F. Kennedy had faked his own assassination in 1963, and had placed himself into cryogenic suspension until the time was right to lead the charge against Microsoft, and help the Linux movement gain footing. While not greatly influential, Poag's work with PROPAGANDA led many to develop an interest in Linux as a platform during its formative early years.

The Propaganda site was formerly officially hosted at and then before going offline.

Propaganda (indie club night)

Propaganda is an Independent music club night spanning across 22 different areas in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Brazil. It is known to be the biggest club night of its kind in the UK in reference to the number of people who attend each week. Propaganda was created by DJ Dan while at Bristol university, claiming there was no alternative club night in the area at that time. The night first started at The Cooler on Park Street in Bristol before it out grew the capacity and had to move to Level Nightclub on Park Row. Propaganda has previously had DJ's such as Lily Allen, The Vaccines, The Libertines, Rizzle Kicks and Zane Lowe at their events.

Propaganda (Fred Frith album)

Propaganda is a studio album by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith. It comprises 21 pieces for dance written by Frith and commissioned by Matthew Maguire for the Creation Production Company. It was first performed at La Mama ETC in New York City in May 1987. The suite was recorded by Kramer at Noise New York in April 1987 and released on Side 4 of Frith's 1988 solo album, The Technology of Tears. It was omitted from the CD releases of the album.

The Propaganda suite was reworked and remastered in February 2015 by Myles Boisen, and was released by Fred Records in November 2015.

Propaganda (Russian band)

Propaganda is a Russian pop music group formed in 2001. During its career, the band released many singles, among them several becoming hits in Russia: "Tak i byt" , "5 minut" («5 минут»), "Yay-ya" , "Super Detka" , "Quanto Costa", "Znaesh'" , "Podruga" , which toped Russian music charts.

Usage examples of "propaganda".

Caer Donn, with propaganda to the effect that the Terrans were denying them and all Darkover the benefits of modern technologyweather control, space travel, modern agronomic methods, labor saving devices, scientific instruments, efficient fire-fighting equipment, good roads, etc.

The Anarchist task was to awaken them to the Idea by propaganda of the word and of the Deed, and one day, one such deed would flash the signal for revolt.

President Wilson, or rather Colonel House, the Creel Commission was created and, as far as can bb ascertained, the Creel Commission was the first organization in the United States to use the RIIA techniques and methodology for polling and mass propaganda.

CSM does not have the enormous resources-multimillions of dollars-which companies like Felding-Roth can pour into sales propaganda, deluding doctors and the public into believing that drugs such as Montayne are safe, yet knowing-as they did with Montayne-that indications argue otherwise.

If the percipient was an Indian, the propaganda was aimed at a nearby tribe.

Smuggling Rubio and Lucia out from under the noses of the police would be wonderful propaganda and would make headlines.

High on one broken wall, Pug noticed a half-scraped-off propaganda poster: a schoolage German girl in blonde braids, cowering before a slavering ape in a Red Army uniform, reaching hairy talons for her breasts.

It would make it possible to be rid of the friction and sometimes the clash of much useless and expensive machinery, and to extinguish many local schisms that had been engendered by the zeal of some central sectarian propaganda.

Jewish forerunners Osseni, we may conclude, that in many regions where there were Jewish Christians they yielded to the propaganda of the Elkesaite doctrines, and that in the fourth century there was no other syncretistic Jewish Christianity besides the various shades of Elkesaites.

Edmund Charles Genet, the audacious new envoy from Jacobin France, was the son of Edme Genet, the French foreign office translator, with whom Adams had once worked in Paris, turning out propaganda for the American Revolution.

After an unsuccessful year at the University of Toronto, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force but was never promoted beyond Leading Aircraftman, the equivalent of an army lance-corporal, spending most of his time as an editorial assistant on Wings Abroad, a propaganda weekly.

The Abbasids, cleverer politicians than the notoriously unskillful Alids, made use of the Alid propaganda to secure the booty to themselves at the right moment.

The Negro is willing to discuss no further this prejudicial conception of himself forced home by libelous propaganda and by governmental administration for hundreds of years, if the agencies of reconstruction will perfect and put in operation a vigorous Americanization policy in his behalf.

After the crisis at Muenster, though the Anabaptists continued to be a bugbear to the ruling classes, their propaganda lost its dangerously revolutionary character.

Notwithstanding the Bolshevist propaganda carried on in Vienna, the Austrian government down to February, 1920, has resisted all inducements to adapt Bolshevism.