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verb (used with object)
  1. to give false or misleading information to.
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Origin of misinform

First recorded in 1350–1400, misinform is from the Middle English word misenfourmen. See mis-1, inform1
Related formsmis·in·form·ant, mis·in·form·er, nounmis·in·form·a·tive, adjectivemis·in·for·ma·tion [mis-in-fer-mey-shuhn] /ˌmɪs ɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃən/, noun
Can be confuseddisinformation misinformation


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Historical Examples

  • They misinform; they mislead; they corrupt, or tend to corrupt, taste.

    Ephemera Critica

    John Churton Collins

  • Now, what possible end can be served by books like these, except to misguide and misinform?

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    John Churton Collins

British Dictionary definitions for misinform


  1. (tr) to give incorrect information to
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Derived Formsmisinformant or misinformer, nounmisinformation (ˌmɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for misinform


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

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