Definition of publicity in English:

publicity

noun

  • 1Notice or attention given to someone or something by the media.

    ‘the case attracted wide publicity in the press’
    • ‘His appearance received a great deal of publicity in the Australian media.’
    • ‘Not only did he get a lot of publicity in the media, but he also started the trend of using himself in his ads, measuring his celebrity clients.’
    • ‘The more media publicity given to that image, the greater is the possibility of the repetition of that image, and they love it.’
    • ‘He won't have enjoyed all the adverse publicity in the media this week surrounding both the club and his job.’
    • ‘British pop stars will apparently do anything to simultaneously create publicity and detract attention from their actual music.’
    • ‘The popularity was due largely to the familiarity with the story, and extensive media publicity.’
    • ‘Grace, shy by nature, found the glare of publicity unwelcome.’
    • ‘I haven't provided any links as I think our poor island already suffers enough bad publicity in the media overseas.’
    • ‘Hema returned home after media publicity led to a furore in the state legislature.’
    • ‘Bail Not Jail has also attracted publicity from other media throughout the week.’
    • ‘Plenty of celebrities complain about media harassment when publicity about their lives is not to their liking.’
    • ‘Their purpose is simply to call attention to their agenda and to get free publicity in the news media.’
    • ‘Corporations fear media attention but risk maps have not generated negative publicity in the media.’
    • ‘Tough new Government emergency response targets and adverse media publicity have hit the service hard in recent months.’
    • ‘In a high-profile case it is likely to have attracted wide publicity.’
    • ‘But you shouldn't need to resort to the threat of media publicity to get decent service, should you?’
    • ‘The organisers were embarrassed by the unfavourable media publicity.’
    • ‘To do so would look like I was trying to get attention, to seek publicity.’
    • ‘There will be extensive publicity in the media both nationally and locally.’
    • ‘Some intense media publicity helped to slow them down, for a while.’
    public attention, public interest, public notice, media attention, media interest, exposure, glare, limelight, fuss, commotion
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    1. 1.1 The giving out of information about a product, person, or company for advertising or promotional purposes.
      ‘head of publicity and marketing’
      as modifier ‘publicity photographs’
      • ‘Despite what the lavish government publicity campaign says, nothing has changed.’
      • ‘His department has spent £27.3 million on adverting and publicity in just one year.’
      • ‘All the publicity photographs, production shots and even the programme cover had Faye pictured in a golden ray.’
      • ‘There are plenty of production photos and publicity stills, showing off looming shadows.’
      • ‘That makes it very difficult on those charged with promotion and publicity.’
      • ‘It said early publicity and advertising campaigns had helped to make the events last year so successful.’
      • ‘Some people have accused Chen of trying to use Lu as part of a publicity campaign to promote his business.’
      • ‘What we need this year is not these kind of publicity stunts, but a generational renegotiation of our relationship with Africa.’
      • ‘They even produced publicity posters and fliers for the launch.’
      • ‘Money awarded has been used to produce publicity stickers which will be placed for the group's work.’
      • ‘Village Scene still needs sponsors and volunteers and has one paid position open as a promotion and publicity sales person.’
      • ‘Admittedly, by reporting this blatant publicity stunt, we're fueling it to some extent, and that makes us a tad uncomfortable.’
      • ‘All the pieces, from casting to production to publicity to marketing have to work.’
      • ‘Noise-making culprits will also be directly targeted in a hard-hitting publicity campaign based on market research.’
      • ‘His friendliness to journalists got him free publicity and saved him advertising expenses.’
      • ‘At the fore of publicity and promotion, however, will be the Masters Games.’
      • ‘Also, its clear that he's rambling and full of emotion, not making some sort of planned publicity stunt.’
      • ‘Critics dismiss the massacre as just another cheap publicity stunt.’
      • ‘By this, she means the seemingly endless publicity tour to promote the movie, and the fevered tabloid attention that came to dog her every move.’
      • ‘In any case, don't look to your publisher's publicity department to add much stamina.’
      promotion, advertising, propaganda
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    2. 1.2 Material or information used for publicity.
      ‘we distributed publicity from a stall in the marketplace’
      • ‘If you have sent publicity material to me recently either at the Mirror or at home, fear not, it will be passed on to Janis.’
      • ‘The local government branch of Unison produced high quality publicity.’
      • ‘I thought it was a lovely example of the long-winded way in which such publicity material was once worded.’
      • ‘To judge by the trailers and publicity material, this one's a real syrupy Christmas pudding.’
      • ‘Official publicity material drew an idyllic picture of an old man meditating on the Bible, the beauty of the landscape, and his own death.’
      • ‘His publicity material is plastered with the phrase Not Suitable for Children.’
      • ‘Have they also changed all their stationery and publicity material?’
      • ‘Their artwork will feature in all publicity and marketing material used by the KFO during its anniversary year.’
      • ‘If it was in an art gallery it was art and if it wasn't other ways of drawing attention to it had to be devised - magazines, publicity and texts.’
      • ‘It has exhibition and publicity materials as well as counselling facility.’
      • ‘To be fair, I expect he didn't put that point of view across in his publicity material so it's not really their fault.’
      • ‘New Labour are terrified about losing control of the constituency to the Lib Dems and have flooded the area with publicity material.’
      • ‘He also pointed out that nowhere on our publicity material does it mention that prints are actually for sale.’
      • ‘One only has to look at the absurd publicity notes distributed in press screenings.’
      • ‘Indeed, there is very little British railway publicity material of any kind aimed expressly at women consumers during this period.’
      • ‘It has also been responsible for the new tone of lottery publicity, with its emphasis on what the cash will be used for, as much as the possibility of winning.’
      • ‘Vans carrying publicity materials are stopping at junctions across the State.’
      • ‘Mr Carter said that these companies were not set up to defraud, but their publicity material could be misleading.’
      • ‘He has a package of glossy publicity material to describe himself.’
      • ‘The chamber also feels that publicity material is inadequate, and parking signs should indicate where discs are available.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French publicité, from public ‘public’ (see public).

Pronunciation

publicity

/pəbˈlɪsədi//pəbˈlisədē/