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post-truth

false or inaccurate information

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STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

Mr Trump is the leading exponent of "POST-TRUTH" politics — a reliance on assertions that "feel true" but have no basis in fact. His brazenness is not punished, but taken as evidence of his willingness to stand up to elite power.

The Economist

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post-truth

adjective
(chiefly politics, media) Beyond or superseding the importance of truth; usually in a pejorative sense, uncaring of factual accuracy.

noun
The fact or state of being post-truth; a time period or situation in which facts have become less important than emotional persuasion


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ORIGIN

In the era of Donald Trump and Brexit, Oxford Dictionaries has declared "post-truth" to be its international word of the year.

Defined by the dictionary as an adjective "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief", editors said that use of the term "post-truth" had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year.

The increase in usage, it said, is "in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States".

According to Oxford Dictionaries, the first time the term post-truth was used in a 1992 essay by the late Serbian-American playwright Steve Tesich in the Nation magazine. Tesich, writing about the Iran-Contra scandal and the Persian Gulf war, said that "we, as a free people, have freely decided that we want to live in some post-truth world".

adapted from The Guardian

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