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disinformation

[dis-in-fer-mey-shuh n, dis-in-]
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noun
  1. false information, as about a country's military strength or plans, publicly announced or planted in the news media, especially of other countries.
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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 confuseddisinformation misinformation
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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

disinformation

noun
  1. 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.

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