infodemic

[ in-foh-dem-ik ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

coined as a blend of information and epidemic in 2003 by journalist and political scientist David Rothkopf in a Washington Post column

Synonyms

  • falsehood
  • invention
  • opinion
  • rumor

Antonyms

  • truth
  • fact

Definition

a massive amount of widely and rapidly circulating information about a particular crisis or controversial issue, consisting of a confusing combination of fact, falsehood, rumor, and opinion

Example

The company held a press conference to talk about the infodemic of false information spreading throughout the community.

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