Rumor  

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  1. A piece of information of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth.
    There's a rumor going round that he's going to get married.
  2. Information of this kind.
    They say he used to be a thief, but that's just rumor.

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A rumor is a piece of information of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth.

In the social sciences, a rumor involves some kind of a statement whose veracity is not quickly or ever confirmed. In addition, some scholars have identified rumor as a subset of propaganda. Sociology, psychology, and communication studies have widely varying definitions of rumor.

Rumors are also often discussed with regard to "misinformation" and "disinformation" (the former often seen as simply false and the latter seen as deliberately false, though usually from a government source given to the media or a foreign government). Rumors thus have often been viewed as particular forms of other communication concepts.


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