disinformation

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noun dis·in·for·ma·tion \ (ˌ)dis-ˌin-fər-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of disinformation

:false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth

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Examples of disinformation in a Sentence

  1. The government used disinformation to gain support for the policy.

Recent Examples of disinformation from the Web

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Did You Know?

In 1939, a writer describing Nazi intelligence activities noted, "The mood of national suspicion prevalent during the last decade ... is well illustrated by General Krivitsky's account of the German 'Disinformation Service,' engaged in manufacturing fake military plans for the express purpose of having them stolen by foreign governments." Although the Nazis were accused of using disinformation back in the 1930s, the noun and the practice are most often associated with the Soviet KGB. Many people think "disinformation" is a literal translation of the Russian "dezinformatsiya," which means "misinformation," a term the KGB allegedly used in the 1950s to name a department created to dispense propaganda.

First Known Use of disinformation

1939


DISINFORMATION Defined for English Language Learners

disinformation

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Definition of disinformation for English Language Learners

  • : false information that is given to people in order to make them believe something or to hide the truth



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