[ mis-in-fer-mey-shuhn ]
/ ˌmɪs ɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃən /

WATCH NOW: These Experts Help Explain "Misinformation" In 2018

WATCH NOW: These Experts Help Explain "Misinformation" In 2018

These experts around information, the environment, technology, medicine, activism, and journalism help us explain why we chose "misinformation" as 2018's Word of the Year.



false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead: In the chaotic hours after the earthquake, a lot of misinformation was reported in the news.

Origin of misinformation

First recorded in 1580–90; mis-1 + information

Definition for misinformation (2 of 2)


[ mis-in-fawrm ]
/ ˌmɪs ɪnˈfɔrm /

verb (used with object)

to give false or misleading information to.

Origin of misinform

First recorded in 1350–1400, misinform is from the Middle English word misenfourmen. See mis-1, inform1

Related forms

mis·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 confused

disinformation misinformation
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British Dictionary definitions for misinformation


/ (ˌmɪsɪnˈfɔːm) /


(tr) to give incorrect information to

Derived Forms

misinformant or misinformer, nounmisinformation (ˌmɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən), noun
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