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[mis-in-fawrm] /ˌmɪs ɪnˈfɔrm/
verb (used with object)
to give false or misleading information to.
Origin of misinform
1350-1400; Middle English misenfourmen. See mis-1, inform
Related forms
misinformant, misinformer, noun
misinformative, adjective
[mis-in-fer-mey-shuh n] /ˌmɪs ɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
Can be confused
disinformation, misinformation.
mislead, misdirect. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misinformation
  • There is so much misinformation and fear about sharks in our society.
  • There is great hysteria and fear and misinformation about dogs.
  • These comments demonstrate the usual mix of information and misinformation in the public domain regarding atomic energy.
  • It obvious you and your ilk will continue to spout off misinformation, in the name of your failed ideology.
  • Made primarily for entertainment purposes, these products sometimes convey misinformation or foster misconceptions.
  • So the media bears responsibility for this triumph of misinformation.
  • But the process itself is healthy--yea, even though it frequently produces its own misinformation.
  • Our initial focus will be on fact-checking services to expose misinformation in the public debate.
  • misinformation abounded and government officials struggled with how much information to release.
  • Technology can communicate and spread frustration, but it also amplifies government propaganda and misinformation.
British Dictionary definitions for misinformation


(transitive) to give incorrect information to
Derived Forms
misinformant, misinformer, noun
misinformation (ˌmɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən) noun
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Word Origin and History for misinformation

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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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