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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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British Dictionary definitions for superpublicity

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 superpublicity

publicity

n.

1791, "condition of being public," from French publicité (1690s), from Medieval Latin publicitatem (nominative publicitas), from Latin publicus (see public (adj.)). Sense of "a making (something) known, an exposure to the public" is from 1826, shading by c.1900 into "advertising, business of promotion." Publicity stunt first recorded 1908.

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