disinformation

[dis-in-fer-mey-shuhn, dis-in-]

noun

false information, as about a country's military strength or plans, disseminated by a government or intelligence agency in a hostile act of tactical political subversion: Soviet disinformation drove a wedge between the United States and its Indonesian allies.
deliberately misleading or biased information; manipulated narrative or facts; propaganda: Special interest groups muddied the waters of the debate, spreading disinformation on social media.

Origin of disinformation

First recorded in 1965–70; dis-1 + information, as translation of Russian dezinformátsiya, from French désinform(er) “to misinform” + Russian -atsiya (ultimately from Latin -ātiō; see -ation)
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Examples from the Web for disinformation

Contemporary Examples of disinformation

Historical Examples of disinformation

  • 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

disinformation

noun

false information intended to deceive or mislead
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Word Origin and History for disinformation
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper