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tr.v. de·famed, de·fam·ing, de·fames
1. To damage the reputation, character, or good name of (someone) by slander or libel. See Synonyms at malign.
2. Archaic To disgrace.

[Middle English defamen, from Old French defamer, from Medieval Latin dēfāmāre, alteration of Latin diffāmāre, to spread news of, slander : dis-, abroad, apart; see dis- + fāma, rumor, reputation; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

de·fam′er n.
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Noun1.defamer - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libeldefamer - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
depreciator, detractor, disparager, knocker - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something
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References in classic literature ?
Bar Comas eyed the defiant and insubordinate chieftain for an instant, his expression one of haughty, fearless contempt and hate, and then without drawing a weapon and without uttering a word he hurled himself at the throat of his defamer.
'The only caution is that any statement made against a political leader must not be defamatory as the law provides for recourse for legal action to be taken against the defamer,' he added.
(6) The specific items of relevant evidence favorably itemized in Herbert include 1) all information known to the defamer showing the falsity of defamatory statements; 2) the defamer's thought process and reasons for crediting or discrediting information; 3) the defamer's thought processes and reasons for incorporating only certain information into a press statement; 4) threats made by the defendant; 5) prior defamations by the defendant; 6) subsequent defamations made by the defendant; 7) subsequent statements made by the defendant; and 8) circumstances indicating rivalry, ill will, or hostility.
Take his essay "A Defamer of His Race," published in The Critic in April 1901.
Weinstein's media manipulation could also cut in quite another direction, Jordan Sargent wrote in a 2015 piece, published by Gawker Media's Defamer site: "Tell us what you know about Harvey Weinstein's 'Open Secret'."
The first, dominant until the Islamic Penal Code was introduced in 1983, considers that when someone attributes a specific crime to someone else, the accusations must be adjudicated by a court, and that if the accused is acquitted and considers themselves defamed, they may take their defamer to court in turn.
Eventually, the law ruled in favour of Moussa, as there are no prison sentences in defamation cases, unless the defamer attacks one's "honour".
to pursue the defamer rather than the intermediary and also absolves the
This never-ending battle between Tarantino and Gawker goes back to January, when the site first reported on the leak.
Stephen Huvane, a publicist for Gwyneth, told US website Defamer that the rumours were "completely false".
Defamer 5500, a "B type" defoamer, also performs well initially but begins to show reduced defoaming efficiency after about 2 hours of shearing.
(41) Finally, the court suggested that the logical conclusion of AB's argument was that if her alleged defamer was also a child, she or he would also be entitled to anonymity, thereby leading to the "absurd" prospect of an anonymous plaintiff, an anonymous defendant, and a ban on publication of the impugned words--a result that would be "anathema to an action in defamation." (42) In light of this, Justice Saunders found that it would be contrary to the public interest to allow AB to proceed "with her identity kept secret." (43)