character assassination

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n character assassination an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
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Usage

In literature:

RUMOR, n. A favorite weapon of the assassins of character.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
You never heard of the Labor Commissioner and his hired character-assassin, I suppose!
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Of the fourteen characters implicated in this conspiracy, few were of the stamp of men ordinarily engaged in dark assassinations.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
You called them murderers, assassins, scoundrels, cutthroats, defamers of character, and many other things which I need not name.
"Princess Zara" by Ross Beeckman
And from that moment the assassination of the character of the little Inca princess was decreed.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Vividly he pictured the scene of the assassination, and gave the names, ages and characters of the victims.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Our New York population has hitherto had very little of the assassin-like character.
"The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin, Volume 1." by James Fenimore Cooper
There are towns in which assassination and robbery are marked by more audacity than is their habitual character in this part of Andalucia.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
Our New York population has hitherto had very little of the assassin-like character.
"The Chainbearer" by J. Fenimore Cooper
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In news:

But then, as Southern family fights tend to do, it went from stuffing to sweet potatoes to full-fledged character assassination.
Montana native plays lead character in ' Assassin 's Creed III' (watch video).
Dear Doctor Z, can watching a Ravens telecast make me ill. 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap, Adrienne, Brandi and character assassination .
'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap, Adrienne, Brandi and character assassination .
(MCT) — Gov Pat Quinn on Monday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of character assassination after the mayor raised concerns about the qualifications of the governor's pick to lead the agency that operates US Cellular Field.
Just outside India's Camelot : Character assassination by gossip.
Dear Doctor Z, can watching a Ravens telecast make me ill. 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap, Adrienne, Brandi and character assassination.
'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap, Adrienne, Brandi and character assassination.
Jefferson Smith supporters decry 'character assassination'.
Romney Calls ' Disgraceful ' Obama Team's Plan for Character Assassination.
Here we are, just over a month until election day and the Republican Party of Pennsylvania is at its normal game of character assassination.
Just outside India's Camelot: Character assassination by gossip .
For the latest installment of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, set in Colonial America, the hooded main character is part Mohawk .
Cut Copy on the Celtics-Sixers series, defeating the Hawks, and the Atlanta media's 'character assassination'.
Frank Cullotta knows having his character assassinated isn't the worst thing that can happen to a guy with his pedigree.
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