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noun [countable/uncountable]     rumour pronunciation in British English
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  1. unofficial information that may or may not be true
    rumour about:

    He’d heard rumours about some big financial deal.

    rumour of:

    Now there are rumours of wedding plans.

    rumour that:

    He denied rumours that staff would lose their jobs.

    rumour has it that (=there is a rumour that):

    Rumour has it that he’s seriously ill.

    circulate/spread rumours:

    A student had been spreading rumours about the teachers.

    rumours are flying (=there are many of them):

    Rumours are flying about a merger between the media giants.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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