New Latin, from Congregatio de propaganda fide Congregation for propagating the faith, organization established by Pope Gregory XV †1623. The term is not pejorative in origin and its political sense dates back to World War I. Date: 1718
- 1 capitalized : a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions
- 2 : the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
- 3 : ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect
Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position. As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda.