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


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.

Nearby words

  1. disinfest,
  2. disinfestant,
  3. disinflate,
  4. disinflation,
  5. disinform,
  6. disingenuous,
  7. disinherit,
  8. disinhibition,
  9. disinhume,
  10. disinsertion

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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British Dictionary definitions for disinformation



false information intended to deceive or mislead
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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.

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