character assassination


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character assassination

n.
The malicious denunciation or slandering of another person, especially as part of an effort to ruin the reputation of a public figure.

character assassin n.

character assassination

n
the act of deliberately attempting to destroy a person's reputation by defamatory remarks

char′acter assassina`tion


n.
a slandering attack, esp. intended to damage the reputation of a public or political figure.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.character assassination - an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, traducement, obloquy - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions

character assassination

noun
The expression of injurious, malicious statements about someone:
Law: libel.
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