misinformation

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

noun

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.

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Origin of misinformation

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

Definition for misinformation (2 of 2)

misinform
[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM misinform

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH misinform

disinformation misinformation
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British Dictionary definitions for misinformation

misinform
/ (ˌmɪsɪnˈfɔːm) /

verb

(tr) to give incorrect information to

Derived forms of misinform

misinformant or misinformer, nounmisinformation (ˌmɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən), noun
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