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[dis-in-fer-mey-shuh n, dis-in-] /dɪsˌɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃən, ˌdɪs ɪn-/
false information, as about a country's military strength or plans, publicly announced or planted in the news media, especially of other countries.
Origin of disinformation
1965-70; dis-1 + information, as translation of Russian dezinformátsiya < French désinform(er) to misinform + Russian -atsiyaLatin -ātiō (see -ation)
Can be confused
disinformation, misinformation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Middlemen thrive of disinformation, misinformation and lack of information.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Deception, disinformation, and misinformation would be applied massively.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • Deception, disinformation, and guile are more crucial in this regime.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • Superstitions, prejudices and calumny thrive in the putrid soil of disinformation, mis-information and lack of information.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Deception, misinformation, and disinformation are key components in this assault on the will and understanding of the opponent.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
British Dictionary definitions for disinformation


false information intended to deceive or mislead
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disinformation

1955, from Russian dezinformatsiya (1949), which is said to be from French; see dis- + information.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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