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agitprop (AJ-it-prop) noun

Propaganda, especially one that's political in nature, disseminated through art, drama, literature, etc.

[From Russian Agitpróp, from agitatsiya (agitation) + propaganda.]

Agitpróp was originally the name of the propaganda arms of the Central Committee and local committees of the Russian Communist Party in the former USSR.

See more usage examples of agitprop in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"And Stuff Happens will, reportedly, be even more of a hybrid. It is said to be not agitprop or documentary but a written play."
Kate Kellaway; Arts: Theatre of War; The Observer (London, UK); Aug 29, 2004.

"(Rob) Stein didn't begrudge the manufacturers of corporatist agitprop the successful distribution of their product in the national markets for the portentous catch-phrase and the camera-ready slogan."
Lewis H. Lapham; Tentacles of Rage; Harper's Magazine (New York); Sep 2004.

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