defamation

  • 1 defamation — de·fa·ma·tion /ˌde fə mā shən/ n 1: communication to third parties of false statements about a person that injure the reputation of or deter others from associating with that person see also libel, slander; new york times co. v. sullivan in the… …

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  • 2 defamation — def‧a‧ma‧tion [ˌdefəˈmeɪʆn] noun [uncountable] LAW the act of writing or saying bad or untrue things about someone, so that people will have a bad opinion of them: • He sued the newspaper for defamation of character. defame verb [transitive] * * …

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  • 3 Defamation — Def a*ma tion, n. [OE. diffamacioun, F. diffamation. See {Defame}.] Act of injuring another s reputation by any slanderous communication, written or oral; the wrong of maliciously injuring the good name of another; slander; detraction; calumny;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Defamation — (lat.), soviel wie Diffamation …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 5 Defamation — (lat.), s.v.w. Diffamation …

    Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • 6 defamation — c.1300, from O.Fr. diffamacion, M.L. deffamation, from L. diffamationem (nom. diffamatio), noun of action from pp. stem of diffamare (see DEFAME (Cf. defame)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 defamation — [n] libel, slander aspersion, backbiting, backstabbing, belittlement, black eye*, calumny, character assassination, cheap shot*, denigration, depreciation, detraction, dirt, dirty laundry*, disparagement, dump*, dynamite, hit, knock, lie, low… …

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  • 8 defamation — [def΄ə mā′shən] n. [ME defamacioun < OFr difamacion < LL diffamatio] a defaming or being defamed; detraction, slander, or libel …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Defamation — This article is about the malicious statement. For the 2009 film, see Defamation (film). Libel and Slander redirect here. For other uses, see Libel (disambiguation) and Slander (disambiguation). Vilification and Calumny redirect here. For the… …

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  • 10 defamation — /def euh may sheuhn/, n. the act of defaming; false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another, as by slander or libel; calumny: She sued the magazine for defamation of character. [1275 1325; ME; r. (by analogy with DEFAME) ME… …

    Universalium

  • 11 defamation — Synonyms and related words: attack, backbiting, backstabbing, belittlement, blackening, calumny, character assassination, defamation of character, defilement, denigration, depreciation, disparagement, malicious defamation, muckraking, mudslinging …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 12 defamation — [[t]de̱fəme͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N UNCOUNT Defamation is the damaging of someone s good reputation by saying something bad and untrue about them. [FORMAL] He was considering suing for defamation. Syn: slander …

    English dictionary

  • 13 defamation — noun (U) formal the act of defaming someone: defamation of character: Chambers sued the newspaper for defamation of character …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 defamation — def|a|ma|tion [ˌdefəˈmeıʃən] n [U] the act of defaming someone ▪ He sued the newspaper for defamation of character …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 defamation — noun he sued the newspaper for defamation Syn: libel, slander, calumny, character assassination, vilification; scandalmongering, malicious gossip, aspersions, muckraking, abuse; disparagement, denigration; smear, slur; informal mudslinging …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 defamation — An intentional false communication, either published or publicly spoken, that injures another s reputation or good name. Holding up of a person to ridicule, scorn or contempt in a respectable and considerable part of the community; may be… …

    Black's law dictionary

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  • 18 defamation — defame ► VERB ▪ damage the good reputation of. DERIVATIVES defamation noun defamatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin diffamare spread evil report , from fama report …

    English terms dictionary

  • 19 defamation — noun Date: 14th century the act of defaming another ; calumny • defamatory adjective …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 defamation — noun /ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən/ Act of injuring anothers reputation by any slanderous communication, written or oral; the wrong of maliciously injuring the good name of another; slander; detraction; calumny; aspersion. Syn: slander, detraction, calumny …

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