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misinform

[mis-in-fawrm] /ˌmɪs ɪnˈfɔrm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to give false or misleading information to.
Origin of misinform
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, misinform is from the Middle English word misenfourmen. See mis-1, inform1
Related forms
misinformant, misinformer, noun
misinformative, adjective
misinformation
[mis-in-fer-mey-shuh n] /ˌmɪs ɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
Can be confused
disinformation, misinformation.
Synonyms
mislead, misdirect.
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Examples from the Web for misinformation
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  • He could start by getting rid of some of his misinformation.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Middlemen thrive of disinformation, misinformation and lack of information.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Usually this opinion is wholly the result of misinformation and lack of experience.

  • Deception, disinformation, and misinformation would be applied massively.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • Even their attendants are supplied with this particular bit of misinformation.

    Lion Loose James H. Schmitz
British Dictionary definitions for misinformation

misinform

/ˌmɪsɪnˈfɔːm/
verb
1.
(transitive) to give incorrect information to
Derived Forms
misinformant, misinformer, noun
misinformation (ˌmɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən) noun
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Word Origin and History for misinformation
n.

mid-15c., from mis- (1) + information.

misinform

v.

late 14c.; see mis- (1) + inform. Related: Misinformed; misinforming.

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