mis·in·form | \ˌmis-in-ˈfȯrm \
misinformed; misinforming; misinforms

Definition of misinform 

transitive verb

: to give incorrect or misleading information to (someone) : to inform (someone) wrongly That small, self-serving cabal managed to misinform generations of Americans with malicious myths that misshaped history.— Dana D. Kelley "Pardon me," interrupted Alfred Inglethorp, "you have been misinformed. I had no quarrel with my dear wife. … "— Agatha Christie — see also misinformed

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Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Garcia-Sayan was misinformed because Sereno was ousted by her fellow justices following hearings on her failure to file some past statements of assets and liabilities. Washington Post, "AP Interview: UN expert says Manila’s judiciary under attack," 1 June 2018 Instead, engaging blogs by real moms with adorable children living authentic natural lives rise to the top, stating that doctors are bought by pharma, or simply misinformed, and that the shot is risky and unnecessary. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "The Complexity of Simply Searching for Medical Advice," 3 July 2018 Miguel Jara says his accountant had misinformed him that the Health Care Security Ordinance applied only to businesses with 50 employees or more, almost twice the number at La Taqueria. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "La Taqueria workers’ risky complaints over unpaid overtime, health care bring reforms," 30 June 2018 Consistently, however, Republican respondents were more likely to be misinformed. Ashley Lopez, Washington Post, "Most Texans Want State To Expand Medicaid And Help Poor Get Health Care," 14 June 2018 Looking toward the future, as synthetic images and video become ever more realistic and easy to produce, people will need to be on guard that those techniques can be used not just for entertainment but to mislead and misinform the public. Adam Bargteil, Smithsonian, "How ‘Jurassic Park’ Made History 25 Years Ago, Propelling Computer-Generated Animation Forward," 9 June 2018 Or, worse, the station chose to misinform its audience because, why not?! Felice León, The Root, "Fox & Friends Tried to Come for Jemele Hill. Our Suggestion? Don’t," 23 May 2018 That was mostly due to being misinformed, unaware or trusting the labels of products. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Hawaii's Sunscreen Ban Doesn't Hit Until 2021, but the Reason for It Is Scary," 15 May 2018 If the Jersey Shore gives you visions of Snooki and J-Woww, you've been misinformed. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Weekend Getaway: Asbury Park, NJ," 31 July 2016

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First Known Use of misinform

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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