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prop·a·gan·da  audio  (prp-gnd) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.
  2. Material disseminated by the advocates or opponents of a doctrine or cause: wartime propaganda.
  3. Propaganda Roman Catholic Church A division of the Roman Curia that has authority in the matter of preaching the gospel, of establishing the Church in non-Christian countries, and of administering Church missions in territories where there is no properly organized hierarchy.

ETYMOLOGY:
Short for New Latin Sacra Congregti d Prpagand Fid, Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith (established 1622), from ablative feminine gerundive of Latin prpgre, to propagate ; see propagate

OTHER FORMS:
propa·gandism(Noun), propa·gandist(Noun), propa·gan·distic(Adjective), propa·gan·disti·cal·ly(Adverb)


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