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[dis-in-fer-mey-shuh n, dis-in-] /dɪsˌɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃən, ˌdɪs ɪn-/
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
1965-70; dis-1 + information, as translation of Russian dezinformátsiya < French désinform(er) to misinform + Russian -atsiyaLatin -ātiō (see -ation)
Can be confused
disinformation, misinformation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for disinformation
  • There's also a lot of disinformation out there and oddball conspiracy theories that need to be debunked.
  • Spreading disinformation may not be legally punishable but that does not make it right.
  • The old-style social networks based on strong relationships aren't as subject to infiltration and disinformation campaigns.
  • But, of course, it could all be a disinformation tactic.
  • We do not need any more cover-ups, no more disinformation.
  • Special interest groups mount effective disinformation campaigns to sow doubt about the reality of global warming.
  • Keep your enemies closer than your friends and see how much disinformation they can dispel in one hour.
  • Come on boys prove to me that you are not willing victims of a propaganda and disinformation program.
  • More oil company promoted antinuclear disinformation.
  • It is clear that the only thing you have to contribute is disinformation.
British Dictionary definitions for disinformation


false information intended to deceive or mislead
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disinformation

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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