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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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  • He could start by getting rid of some of his misinformation.


    Harry Harrison

  • Middlemen thrive of disinformation, misinformation and lack of information.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Usually this opinion is wholly the result of misinformation and lack of experience.

  • Deception, disinformation, and misinformation would be applied massively.

    Shock and Awe

    Harlan K. Ullman

  • Even their attendants are supplied with this particular bit of misinformation.

    Lion Loose

    James H. Schmitz

British Dictionary definitions for misinformation


  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 misinformation


mid-15c., from mis- (1) + information.

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

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