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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.

[Earlier, organization for the propagation of a practice or point of view, from Propaganda, short for New Latin Sacra Congregātiō dē Prōpagandā Fidē, the Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith, a division of the Roman Curia established in 1622 to promote the evangelization of non-Christian peoples and the spread of the Roman Catholic Church in other Christian communities, from Latin prōpāgandā, ablative feminine gerundive of prōpāgāre, to propagate; see propagate.]

prop′a·gan′dism n.
prop′a·gan′dist n.
prop′a·gan·dis′tic adj.
prop′a·gan·dis′ti·cal·ly adv.
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1. the action, practice, or art of propagating doctrines, as in the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge.
2. the deliberate spreading of information or ideas to promote or injure a cause, nation, etc. — propagandist, n. — propagandistic, adj.
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Before a caress has had time to cool, a strenuous revulsion seizes me: I long to return to my old lonely ascetic hermit life; to my dry books; my Socialist propagandism; my voyage of discovery through the wilderness of thought.
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In this respect, while Torres's text engages themes associated with the Mexico Abroad generation, whose works typically were nationalistic, religious, and nostalgic of Mexico, Recollections lessens the explicit propagandism of Lozano's La Prensa newspaper, for example, and engages in a more subdued and nuanced account of culture clashes.