Definition of disinformation in English:



  • False information that is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.

    • ‘Except what I felt so much about is the malicious and continuous disinformation given by media to the people.’
    • ‘Now that the curtain has fallen, information as well as disinformation travels in both directions.’
    • ‘The Germans totally believed our disinformation campaign prior to the Normandy invasion.’
    • ‘They argued that the KGB would not have missed such an opportunity to feed the West disinformation.’
    • ‘It is full of misinformation, disinformation, noninformation, and just plain lies.’
    • ‘It is their sneaky methods, of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of intelligence.’
    • ‘I navigate my way through the morass of information and disinformation.’
    • ‘And all kinds of information that has really been disinformation about it has really proven false.’
    • ‘This would mean dropping in a new nugget of information - or disinformation.’
    • ‘Employers' group Ibec has insisted that a campaign of disinformation is under way.’
    • ‘Soviet spokesmen kept up a steady stream of denials and disinformation in September.’
    • ‘During a war both sides hide their correct information and spread disinformation.’
    • ‘How could the press or the citizenry distinguish between information and disinformation?’
    • ‘What kind of people would use a grieving First Lady to unwittingly spread disinformation and to raise false hopes?’
    • ‘Language, the use of words, and how information and disinformation is handled, can be crucial to the twists and turns of history.’
    • ‘What we do not need is the selective, or careless, transmission of misinformation or disinformation.’
    • ‘They acted as willing collaborators in a concerted campaign of disinformation designed to justify a criminal war of aggression.’
    • ‘Get ready for a deluge of information and disinformation on this one.’
    • ‘The misinformation and disinformation that is circulated makes it impossible for any fair-minded commentator to take sides in the issue.’
    • ‘How can we tell whether and when we are on the receiving end of hype and spin, of misinformation and disinformation?’
    lie, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, made-up story, trumped-up story, invention, fiction, piece of fiction, falsification, falsity, cock and bull story, barefaced lie
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1950s: formed on the pattern of Russian dezinformatsiya.