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publicity (n.)

1791, "state or condition of being public or open to the observation and inquiry of a community," from French publicité (1690s), from Medieval Latin publicitatem (nominative publicitas), from Latin publicus (see public (adj.)). Sense of "a making (something) known, an exposure to the public" is from 1826, shading by c. 1900 into "advertising, the business of promotion." Publicity stunt is recorded by 1908.

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Definitions of publicity from WordNet

publicity (n.)
a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution;
Synonyms: promotion / promo / promotional material / packaging
publicity (n.)
the quality of being open to public view;
the publicity of the court room
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