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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The "ism" added to his name has become a generic symbol of guilt by accusation, character assassination, the big lie, and the repudiation of our country's traditional devotion to fair play and a fair trial.
He said last night: "You and others did a job on me - it was character assassination."
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London, Sept 5 (ANI): Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who spent an entire night crying to her husband Matthew Broderick following a recent claim that suggested of her complaining about serving jury duty, has called the report a 'character assassination'.
IT appears that a mere five years since embarking on their criminal and disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq having in the meantime learned nothing from their misadventure, the misguided leaders of the US and UK governments are again orchestrating and directing a malicious propaganda campaign against the head of another member state of the United nations, namely President Mugabe of Zimbabwe, subjecting him to the sort of character assassination suffered by Saddam Hussein as a prelude to that illegal war.
Gloria Allred went on GMTV to defend a "courageous humanitarian" and accuse divorce judge Mr Justice Bennett of "character assassination".
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Throw in plotting and counter-plotting, spying on each other, character assassination, murky back-doors deals and seedy attempts to buy off trouble-makers and you have what has been happening at a major department of state under Stephen Byers.
This attempted character assassination by a local hack on the most gifted player/most successful manager in BCFC history has been a personal affront to every true Bluenose.
Safire's reasoning: One of Powell's closest friends, Richard Armitage, who Powell describes as "my brother and bodyguard" and a "friend of the heart," was the victim of a character assassination campaign by Perot while Armitage's nomination to be Secretary of the Army was under consideration.