defamatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj defamatory (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Defamatory Containing defamation; injurious to reputation; calumnious; slanderous; as, defamatory words; defamatory writings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defamatory Containing defamation; calumnious; slanderous; libelous; injurious to reputation: as, defamatory words or writings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Defamatory containing defamation: injurious to reputation: calumnious
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. defamer—L. diffamāredis, away, fama, report.

Usage

In literature:

Sir Charles has written a defamatory letter, which has closed every house in this county to his victim.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
But what shall we say of the Pleasure which a Man takes in the reading of a Defamatory Libel?
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
A second caught and preserved every defamatory word.
"Stage Confidences" by Clara Morris
My fortune was definitely established by a defamatory note on 'Napoleon the little.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
A defamatory letter is from the devil or his satellites.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
All sorts of defamatory reports were spread abroad about them.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
By the French law, the accused must justify his defamatory words, and this was the opportunity sought.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
Libel supposes a wide diffusion of defamatory matter, written or spoken.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
In commemoration of his trip, Moore brought out "Epistles, Odes and other Poems," containing many defamatory verses on America.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Mrs. Fitzgerald, standing by, is listening to, and assisting in, the defamatory speeches.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
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In news:

This has led more than a few indignant Mississippians, lawyers especially, to brand the author as a defamatory purveyor of lurid and improbable pulp.
Lord McAlpine says abuse claims false and defamatory .
Michael Jackson 's estate says a letter allegedly written by the singer's siblings -- claiming the late King of Pop's will is fake -- is a collection of "false and defamatory accusations," RadarOnline.com is reporting.
Palin attorney decries ' defamatory ' rumors.
How can a company have defamatory content removed from the Internet.
The company bought back the car, but threatened to sue him because of defamatory material on the site.
Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who brings life to Elmo, is on a leave of absence to confront what he says are "false and defamatory" allegations.
He called her suit defamatory and countersued for a million dollars.
The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 "false and misleading and defamatory " statements about the product - officially known as lean, finely textured beef.
Singer demands apology for "defamatory" photographs of "Sweet Child O' Die" graffiti.
Don't post comments that are abusive, defamatory, illegal, libelous or obscene.
The City of Winnipeg should think twice about its threat to sue its largest union for what the mayor's office calls "false and defamatory" television ads.
PHILADELPHIA — The Miss Universe Organization says a former contestant should be made to pay for her "defamatory" claims that this year's Miss USA pageant was a sham .
A New York appeals court reversed decades of rulings today, deciding that false statements about sexuality are no longer defamatory, and therefore not legally slanderous .
"National Security is terminating these agreements and our services due to the continuous and ongoing defamatory, disparaging and false statements that have been made against our company by town officials," the Jan 23 letter said.
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