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: the state or fact of being completely destroyed or obliterated : the act of annihilating something or the state of being annihilated
The late 1940s and '50s were so pervaded by a general fear of nuclear annihilation that the era was known as the Age of Anxiety.
For a literary culture that fears it is on the brink of total annihilation, we are awfully cavalier about the Great Male Novelists of the last century.
… few experts believe that either regime would risk annihilation by actually launching a nuke in anger.
The Cretaceous Extinction, whatever its cause, was one of the two most awesome annihilations of life in the history of the world.
The first known use of annihilation was circa 1526
: a mistake in calculation : wrong calculation
a costly miscalculation
… ruled that utility shareholders, not electricity consumers, must pay for some or all of the miscalculations that resulted in excessive expansion or cost overruns.
The first known use of miscalculation was in 1653
: false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth
In 1939, a writer describing Nazi intelligence activities noted, "The mood of national suspicion prevalent during the last decade ... is well illustrated by General Krivitsky's account of the German 'Disinformation Service,' engaged in manufacturing fake military plans for the express purpose of having them stolen by foreign governments." Although the Nazis were accused of using disinformation back in the 1930s, the noun and the practice are most often associated with the Soviet KGB. Many people think "disinformation" is a literal translation of the Russian "dezinformatsiya," which means "misinformation," a term the KGB allegedly used in the 1950s to name a department created to dispense propaganda.
The government used disinformation to gain support for the policy.
Harvard’s Joan Donovan thinks about the future of TwitterA Harvard professor predicted COVID disinformation on the web.
—Anissa Gardizy, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Feb. 2023
But pro-Kremlin disinformation far outpaces journalism.
—WIRED, 2 Feb. 2023
Critical analysis of the algorithms and economic structures can help citizens become active, empowered users rather than victims of harassment and disinformation.
—WSJ, 30 Jan. 2023
President Biden visits Ukraine | February 21, 2023
Today on CNN 10, we’re traveling to Ukraine after President Biden made an unexpected trip to the nation. Later this week marks the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion and the United States is pledging new military support for Ukraine. Sticking with international diplomacy, we’ll analyze the most recent missile tests from North Korea and speak with an expert on the perceived danger level. And we’re on the hunt for zombies, but not the ones you typically think of. All that and a dog vs. shark battle, right here on this episode of CNN 10.
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