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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 misinformed
  • People in general can be amazingly misinformed about the quality of a degree.
  • They will enter a world where gatekeepers are often misinformed as well.
  • Needless to say, its history is convoluted and misinformed.
  • Anyone who tells you different is a either a liar or misinformed.
  • Anyone who thinks science encourages blind belief is misinformed.
  • If someone gave you the idea that they did, you were misinformed.
  • Sometimes they can be shockingly ignorant or bizarrely misinformed about it.
  • But, as a nation, we've been sadly misinformed about how to cook outdoors.
  • Actually it appears to be you who is either misinformed or being misleading on the topic of sea level rise.
  • It is my opinion that the fears of radiation are misinformed and generally overblown.
British Dictionary definitions for misinformed


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

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



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

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