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

Morphologically public +‎ -ity



publicity (usually uncountable, plural publicities)

  1. Advertising or other activity designed to rouse public interest in something.
    • 1979 August 11, “Man Found Not Guilty”, in Gay Community Journal, volume 7, number 4, page 2:
      A gay man accused of disorderly conduct for posting publicity for a Boston gay event was found not guilty in Cambridge District Court on July 22.
  2. Public interest attracted in this way.
    • 1963 February, “Nobody runs this railway, mate”, in Modern Railways, page 73:
      Any publicity, runs the axiom, is good publicity.
  3. The condition of being the object of public attention.
  4. The quality of being public, not private.
    • 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair [], London: Bradbury and Evans [], published 1848, →OCLC:
      Amelia's gentle eyes, too, had been fixed anxiously on the pair, whose conduct had so chafed the jealous General; but when Rebecca entered her box, she flew to her friend with an affectionate rapture which showed itself, in spite of the publicity of the place; for she embraced her dearest friend in the presence of the whole house, at least in full view of the General's glass, now brought to bear upon the Osborne party.

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