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def·a·ma·tion

 (dĕf′ə-mā′shən)
n.
The act of defaming; calumny, slander, or libel.

de·fam′a·to′ry (dĭ-făm′ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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defamation

(ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən)
n
1. (Law) law the injuring of a person's good name or reputation. Compare libel, slander
2. (Law) the act of defaming or state of being defamed
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def•a•ma•tion

(ˌdɛf əˈmeɪ ʃən)

n.
the act of defaming, esp. unjustified injury to another's reputation, as by slander or libel.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Medieval Latin]
de•fam•a•to•ry (dɪˈfæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defamation - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actionsdefamation - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
assassination, blackwash, character assassination - an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
malignment, smear, vilification - slanderous defamation
libel - a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
slander - words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
name calling, names - verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument; "sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me"
epithet, name - a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
2.defamation - an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
attack - strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"
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defamation

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defamation

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

[ˌdefəˈmeɪʃən] Ndifamación f
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defamation

[ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən] ndiffamation f
defamation of character → diffamation f
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defamation

nDiffamierung f, → Verleumdung f; defamation of characterRufmord m
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defamation

[ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃn] n (frm) → diffamazione f
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Josephs, partly from benevolence, and partly from a vague fear that Smilash might at any moment take an action against him for defamation of character, said he had no doubt that he was a very cheap workman, and that it would be a charity to give him some little job to encourage him.
His indignant countrymen actually caused him to be prosecuted in the native courts, on a charge nearly equivalent to what we term defamation of character; but the old fellow persisting in his assertion, and no invalidating proof being adduced, the plaintiffs were cast in the suit, and the cannibal reputation of the defendant firmly established.
"So curious, that I think you are running a great risk of a prosecution for defamation of character."
"It seems to me that if what he says is false, the proper name for it is calumny, defamation of character; and such a slanderer deserves the thrashing."
(I wrote that Ms S-P was deeply untalented.) You should apologise to her or she should sue you for defamation of character.
Last night, Lawrence's father Larry Haggart, 37, of Dunipace, Stirlingshire, welcomed Mr Currie's apology but vowed to continue with a civil legal action against the force for defamation of character.
In the North Dublin-based soap, the doctor snarls: "I'll have him for assault and defamation of character if you go ahead."
Wray, 63, said he was suing in the Scottish courts for what he sees as a defamation of character.
I wouldn't want a convicted killer, a man who battered another to the ground with the butt of a gun and then kicked him to death, to sue me for defamation of character now, would I?
Burgess, of Dunblane, Perthshire, has lodged a counter-claim for pounds 15,000 against Mowetta alleging defamation of character.
Ubogu and Mendez threaten to sue for defamation of character.
After all, defamation of character and creating gossip are the greatest sins of all.