false information spread deliberately, specif. by a government, in order to mislead enemies or to mold public opinion
- Deliberately misleading information announced publicly or leaked by a government or especially by an intelligence agency in order to influence public opinion or the government in another nation: “He would be the unconscious channel for a piece of disinformation aimed at another country's intelligence service” (Ken Follett).
- Dissemination of such misleading information.
(usually uncountable, plural disinformations)