publicity

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Etymology[edit]

From French publicité, From Medieval Latin pūblicitātem, accusative singular of pūblicitās, from Latin pūblicus (public, general).

Morphologically public +‎ -ity

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publicity (usually uncountable, plural publicities)

  1. Advertising or other activity designed to rouse public interest in something.
    • 1963 February, “Nobody runs this railway, mate”, in Modern Railways, page 73:
      Any publicity, runs the axiom, is good publicity.
  2. Public interest attracted in this way.
  3. The condition of being the object of public attention.

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