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Unsubstantiated, often false stories that spread through a community person to person by word of mouth in a manner rather similar to the spread of communicable diseases. Rumor can affect the behavior of crowds for good or ill—unfortunately often for ill, e.g., by provoking riots.

Subjects: Psychology — Public Health and Epidemiology.


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