[ dis-in-fer-mey-shuhn, dis-in- ]
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  1. 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.

  2. 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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British Dictionary definitions for disinformation


/ (ˌdɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən) /

  1. false information intended to deceive or mislead

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