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publicity

[puh-blis-i-tee] /pʌˈblɪs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
extensive mention in the news media or by word of mouth or other means of communication.
2.
public notice so gained.
3.
the measures, process, or business of securing public notice.
4.
information, articles, or advertisements issued to secure public notice or attention.
5.
the state of being public, or open to general observation or knowledge.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < French publicité < Medieval Latin pūblicitās. See public, -ity
Related forms
nonpublicity, noun
overpublicity, noun
propublicity, adjective
superpublicity, noun
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Examples for publicity
  • Even bad publicity is publicity and amounts to more sales.
  • Wal-Mart's critics dismiss the move as a publicity stunt.
  • Glad to see these familiar guys are getting publicity.
  • It started as a publicity stunt, but now the bloom is off the rose.
  • Guest accompanying the winner must sign the liability and publicity release described below.
  • It seems only reasonable that there would be some type of publicity for this milestone.
  • The publicity would get you contracts all over the place.
  • More photos from the extravagant publicity stunt are below.
  • Churches that practice serpent handling tend to be wary of publicity.
  • He also doesn't think a right of publicity was breached.
British Dictionary definitions for publicity

publicity

/pʌˈblɪsɪtɪ/
noun
1.
  1. the technique or process of attracting public attention to people, products, etc, as by the use of the mass media
  2. (as modifier) a publicity agent
2.
public interest resulting from information supplied by such a technique or process
3.
information used to draw public attention to people, products, etc
4.
the state of being public
Word Origin
C18: via French from Medieval Latin pūblicitās; see public
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Word Origin and History for publicity
publicity
1791, "condition of being public," from Fr. publicité (1694), from M.L. publicitatem (nom. publicitas), from L. publicus (see public). Sense of "making something known, advertising" is from 1826. Publicity stunt first recorded 1926. Publicize first recorded 1928. Publicist (1792) is from Fr., originally "writer on current topics;" meaning "press agent" is from 1930.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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