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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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  • You have been misinformed as to my final dismissal from the Excise; I am still in the service.

  • In only one respect was she misinformed as to the arrangements for the morning.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • I believe now that you are misinformed as to the facts, but that is immaterial.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Your ladyship has been misinformed," I said with extreme deference.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • Most of these people had been misinformed as to the best place to start from.

British Dictionary definitions for misinformed


  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 misinformed


mid-15c., past participle adjective from misinform.

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

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