publicity

noun
pub·​lic·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)pə-ˈbli-sə-tē How to pronounce publicity (audio) , -ˈbli-stē \

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 support
b : the dissemination of information or promotional material
c : paid advertising
d : public attention or acclaim

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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 on the Web At the time, Trump (who was still president then) said Massie just wanted publicity. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 10 May 2022 Pre-release publicity portrayed We as a reset after 2017’s poorly received—but fitfully wonderful—Everything Now. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 Because missing Black children often come from high-crime, low-income neighborhoods, the reasoning goes, their families have less influence with law enforcement and fewer financial resources to devote to publicity campaigns. Gina Barton, jsonline.com, 3 May 2022 Because missing Black children often come from high-crime, low-income neighborhoods, the reasoning goes, their families have less influence with law enforcement and fewer financial resources to devote to publicity campaigns. Gina Barton, USA Today, 3 May 2022 The story of how mistrust is fanned, science gets ignored and citizen activists follow rage instead of facts when a publicity-seeking opportunist steps into the breach is a sad, fascinating arc. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Before the players could depart for California, their football equipment was impounded in Phoenix because of a lawsuit filed by their former publicity manager for nonpayment of a $2,100 printing bill. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is appealing his conviction for murder in the killing of George Floyd, arguing that jurors were intimidated by the protests that followed and prejudiced by heavy pretrial publicity. CBS News, 28 Apr. 2022 Dougherty explained that the publicity campaign for the film would help get more attention for the op-ed. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of publicity

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of publicity was in 1609

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14 May 2022

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“Publicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/publicity. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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publicity

noun
pub·​lic·​i·​ty | \ ˌpə-ˈbli-sə-tē How to pronounce publicity (audio) \

Kids Definition of publicity

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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