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disinformation

[dis-in-fer-mey-shuh n, dis-in-] /dɪsˌɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃən, ˌdɪs ɪn-/
noun
1.
false information, as about a country's military strength or plans, publicly announced or planted in the news media, especially of other countries.
Origin of disinformation
1965-1970
1965-70; dis-1 + information, as translation of Russian dezinformátsiya < French désinform(er) to misinform + Russian -atsiyaLatin -ātiō (see -ation)
Can be confused
disinformation, misinformation.
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  • Superstitions, prejudices and calumny thrive in the putrid soil of disinformation, mis-information and lack of information.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Middlemen thrive of disinformation, misinformation and lack of information.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Deception, misinformation, and disinformation are key components in this assault on the will and understanding of the opponent.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • Deception, disinformation, and misinformation would be applied massively.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • Deception, disinformation, and guile are more crucial in this regime.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
British Dictionary definitions for disinformation

disinformation

/ˌdɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən/
noun
1.
false information intended to deceive or mislead
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Word Origin and History for disinformation
n.

1955, from Russian dezinformatsiya (1949), which is said to be from French; see dis- + information.

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