publicity

noun
pub·​lic·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)pə-ˈbli-sə-tē , -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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Synonyms for publicity

Synonyms

ballyhoo, hype, puffery

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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.
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Hoping to avoid publicity, he initially was treated at the office of a friend who is an orthopedist instead of going to the hospital. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Rand Paul testifies he feared for his life after 2017 attack," 28 Jan. 2019 On June 8, 1959, the Navy submarine USS Barbero launched a Regulus cruise missile filled with 300 commemorative letters off the coast of Florida in a demonstration-slash-publicity stunt. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 But that such a sought after and publicity shy young woman would play her first runway card for Rio Uribe? Vogue, "Vogue Editors on Their Favorite Runway Cameos of the Year," 30 Dec. 2018 Those who went online looking not just to gain publicity but to build meaningful connections with their audiences before the 2002 launch of MySpace were exceptions. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 But the publicity ultimately increased GAA membership. Sascha Cohen, Smithsonian, "How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civility," 10 July 2018 The first indication of whether Maryland will be affected by the publicity resulting from the subpoenas will come in recruiting. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Uncertainty for Maryland and college basketball after latest FBI-driven subpoenas," 7 July 2018 Lime's been on a roll this year and is going into 2019 with a lot of money, energy, and good publicity. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Google Maps Now Shows You How Long It Would Take to Go By Scooter," 13 Dec. 2018 Power saw the bigger benefit as publicity, rather than money, but soon the firm upped that number. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "How James David Power III created the only car ranking company you’ve ever heard of.," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of publicity

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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publicity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of publicity

: 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

noun
pub·​lic·​i·​ty | \ ˌpə-ˈbli-sə-tē \

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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