agitprop

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The noun is borrowed from Russian агитпро́п (agitpróp, agitprop), Агитпро́п (Agitpróp, Agitprop (Department for Agitation and Propaganda of the Soviet Union)), short for отде́л агитации и пропаганды (otdél agitacii i propagandy, Department for Agitation and Propaganda); analysable as a blend of agitation +‎ propaganda.[1]

The verb is derived from the noun.

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agitprop (countable and uncountable, plural agitprops) (politics)

  1. (uncountable, also attributively) Political propaganda disseminated through art, drama, literature, etc., especially communist propaganda; (specifically, communism, historical) such propaganda formerly disseminated by the Department for Agitation and Propaganda of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  2. (countable) An instance of such propaganda.
  3. (countable) An organization or person engaged in disseminating such propaganda.

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agitprop (third-person singular simple present agitprops, present participle agitpropping, simple past and past participle agitpropped)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, politics) To disseminate (something as) political propaganda, especially communist propaganda, through art, drama, literature, etc.
    • 1929, Harry W[ellington] Laidler, Norman Thomas, editors, The Socialism of Our Times: A Symposium (Prelude to Depression), New York, N.Y.: Da Capo Press, published 1976, →ISBN, page 241:
      Anyone who has seen a class struggler at work, agitpropping around Union Square, or the back streets of the Loop, realizes that, by the very nature of things, he or she is so possessed of that particular barricading dream as to lose touch with all reality, [...]
    • 1957, Trace, London: Villiers Publications, →ISSN, →OCLC, page 10:
      With respect to a poet's facility in logomachy, boredom in the area of power politics theorisation, the seriousness or gaiety with which he agitprops his ego, the degree of his attitude toward the superior poet, or the rebelliousness or conformity of his disciples?
    • 1971, Stephen D[enis] Kertesz, editor, The Task of Universities in a Changing World (International Studies of the Committee on International Relations, University of Notre Dame), Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, →ISBN, page 89:
      This is to suggest that the university will leave behind its more limited work and bourgeois integrity in order to undertake the task of brain-trusting and agitpropping for the revolution.
    • 1987, Fatma Mansur, Phoenix in Her Blood: A Historical Entertainment, Beverley, North Humberside: Eothen Press, →ISBN, page 157:
      Envoys and missionaries agitpropped in the four corners of the Empire, [...]
    • 1990 December 20, Mel Gussow, “Review/Theater; apartheid re-echoes in a musical rendering of a strike’s bitterness”, in The New York Times[1], New York, N.Y.: The New York Times Company, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 25 May 2015, section C, page 11, column 1:
      More an insecure platform for Mr. [Mbongeni] Ngema's didacticism than a play with a life of its own, "Township Fever" is agit-propped with polemical sloganeering.
    • 1993, Instauration, Cape Canaveral, Fla.: Howard Allen Enterprises, →ISSN, →OCLC, page 31, column 1:
      The double agent was Grant Bristow, who agit-propped for—not against—the right-wing Heritage Front and is now hiding in a safe house.
    • 2005, Richard Grossinger, On the Integration of Nature: Post-9/11 Biopolitical Notes, Berkeley, Calif.: North Atlantic Books, →ISBN, page 99:
      I knew that he [Allen Van Newkirk] agitpropped other poetry readings and media events, e.g. the Underground Press Syndicate conference in Madison (shouting, "All media are lies").

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  1. ^ Compare “agitprop, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, September 2012; “agitprop, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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Finnish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Russian агитпро́п (agitpróp); equivalent to agitaatio +‎ propaganda.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɑɡitˌprop/, [ˈɑ̝ɡit̪ˌpro̞p]
  • Rhymes: -op
  • Syllabification(key): a‧git‧prop

Noun[edit]

agitprop

  1. (historical) agitprop

Declension[edit]

Inflection of agitprop (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative agitprop agitpropit
genitive agitpropin agitpropien
partitive agitpropia agitpropeja
illative agitpropiin agitpropeihin
singular plural
nominative agitprop agitpropit
accusative nom. agitprop agitpropit
gen. agitpropin
genitive agitpropin agitpropien
partitive agitpropia agitpropeja
inessive agitpropissa agitpropeissa
elative agitpropista agitpropeista
illative agitpropiin agitpropeihin
adessive agitpropilla agitpropeilla
ablative agitpropilta agitpropeilta
allative agitpropille agitpropeille
essive agitpropina agitpropeina
translative agitpropiksi agitpropeiksi
abessive agitpropitta agitpropeitta
instructive agitpropein
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of agitprop (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative agitpropini agitpropini
accusative nom. agitpropini agitpropini
gen. agitpropini
genitive agitpropini agitpropieni
partitive agitpropiani agitpropejani
inessive agitpropissani agitpropeissani
elative agitpropistani agitpropeistani
illative agitpropiini agitpropeihini
adessive agitpropillani agitpropeillani
ablative agitpropiltani agitpropeiltani
allative agitpropilleni agitpropeilleni
essive agitpropinani agitpropeinani
translative agitpropikseni agitpropeikseni
abessive agitpropittani agitpropeittani
instructive
comitative agitpropeineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative agitpropisi agitpropisi
accusative nom. agitpropisi agitpropisi
gen. agitpropisi
genitive agitpropisi agitpropiesi
partitive agitpropiasi agitpropejasi
inessive agitpropissasi agitpropeissasi
elative agitpropistasi agitpropeistasi
illative agitpropiisi agitpropeihisi
adessive agitpropillasi agitpropeillasi
ablative agitpropiltasi agitpropeiltasi
allative agitpropillesi agitpropeillesi
essive agitpropinasi agitpropeinasi
translative agitpropiksesi agitpropeiksesi
abessive agitpropittasi agitpropeittasi
instructive
comitative agitpropeinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative agitpropimme agitpropimme
accusative nom. agitpropimme agitpropimme
gen. agitpropimme
genitive agitpropimme agitpropiemme
partitive agitpropiamme agitpropejamme
inessive agitpropissamme agitpropeissamme
elative agitpropistamme agitpropeistamme
illative agitpropiimme agitpropeihimme
adessive agitpropillamme agitpropeillamme
ablative agitpropiltamme agitpropeiltamme
allative agitpropillemme agitpropeillemme
essive agitpropinamme agitpropeinamme
translative agitpropiksemme agitpropeiksemme
abessive agitpropittamme agitpropeittamme
instructive
comitative agitpropeinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative agitpropinne agitpropinne
accusative nom. agitpropinne agitpropinne
gen. agitpropinne
genitive agitpropinne agitpropienne
partitive agitpropianne agitpropejanne
inessive agitpropissanne agitpropeissanne
elative agitpropistanne agitpropeistanne
illative agitpropiinne agitpropeihinne
adessive agitpropillanne agitpropeillanne
ablative agitpropiltanne agitpropeiltanne
allative agitpropillenne agitpropeillenne
essive agitpropinanne agitpropeinanne
translative agitpropiksenne agitpropeiksenne
abessive agitpropittanne agitpropeittanne
instructive
comitative agitpropeinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative agitpropinsa agitpropinsa
accusative nom. agitpropinsa agitpropinsa
gen. agitpropinsa
genitive agitpropinsa agitpropiensa
partitive agitpropiaan
agitpropiansa
agitpropejaan
agitpropejansa
inessive agitpropissaan
agitpropissansa
agitpropeissaan
agitpropeissansa
elative agitpropistaan
agitpropistansa
agitpropeistaan
agitpropeistansa
illative agitpropiinsa agitpropeihinsa
adessive agitpropillaan
agitpropillansa
agitpropeillaan
agitpropeillansa
ablative agitpropiltaan
agitpropiltansa
agitpropeiltaan
agitpropeiltansa
allative agitpropilleen
agitpropillensa
agitpropeilleen
agitpropeillensa
essive agitpropinaan
agitpropinansa
agitpropeinaan
agitpropeinansa
translative agitpropikseen
agitpropiksensa
agitpropeikseen
agitpropeiksensa
abessive agitpropittaan
agitpropittansa
agitpropeittaan
agitpropeittansa
instructive
comitative agitpropeineen
agitpropeinensa

French[edit]

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Noun[edit]

agitprop f (plural agitprops)

  1. agitprop

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English agitprop.

Noun[edit]

agitprop m (plural agitprops)

  1. agitprop (Communist propaganda)

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

agitprop m (Cyrillic spelling агитпроп)

  1. agitprop