Infodemic

Pronunciation: [ in-foh-dem-ik ]


Definition: noun

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

Origin: 2003; English


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

Example:

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

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