disinformation

disinformation
/dis in'feuhr may"sheuhn, dis'in-/, n.
false information, as about a country's military strength or plans, publicly announced or planted in the news media, esp. of other countries.
[1965-70; DIS-1 + INFORMATION, as trans. of Russ dezinformátsiya < F désinform(er) to misinform + Russ -atsiya L -atio (see -ATION)]

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