Definition of publicity
1 : the quality or state of being public
2a : an act or device designed to attract public interest; specifically : information with news value issued as a means of gaining public attention or supportb : the dissemination of information or promotional materialc : paid advertisingd : public attention or acclaim
Examples of publicity in a Sentence
His public appearances are good publicity for the new movie.
An arrest for drunk driving is bad publicity for any celebrity.
The film has gotten some good publicity.
She has received a lot of publicity for her latest novel.
The studio spent a lot of money on publicity for the movie.
Recent Examples of publicity from the Web
The flight is part publicity stunt, part launch test.
NAIROBI — Even before the corruption trial of Equatorial Guinea’s vice president began in France this week, there was no shortage of publicity about the lavish lifestyle of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.
The widespread publicity about the company’s bad behavior threatens to turn off drivers and riders alike, giving them incentive to switch over to Lyft instead.
Today sees the publicity of a new study – led by Chris Barker and involving myself and a team of co-authors – that has some bearing on both of these issues.
Perry is in the final stretch of a herculean publicity stunt, broadcasting for 96 hours from a Big Brother-style house with nine rooms and 41 cameras.
Mildred Loving, critically injured in that same crash, never remarried and largely shunned publicity.
The publicity helped align her as a spokesperson with LGBTQ organizations, like GLAAD, TrueChild, Olivia Travel and the ACLU.
The defense had filed requests to move the trial out of Rutherford County, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains midway between Charlotte and Asheville, due to years of negative publicity about the church’s practices.
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First Known Use of publicity
PUBLICITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of publicity for English Language Learners
: something that attracts the attention of the public
: attention that is given to someone or something by newspapers, magazines, television news programs, etc.
: the activity or business of getting people to give attention to someone or something
PUBLICITY Defined for Kids
Definition of publicity for Students
1 : attention that is given to someone or something by the media
2 : something that attracts the interest of the public His appearance on TV was good publicity.
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