• WordNet 3.6
    • n defamation an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
    • n defamation a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Defamation 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; aspersion.☞ In modern usage, written defamation bears the title of libel, and oral defamation that of slander.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defamation The act of defaming; the wrong of injuring another's reputation without good reason or justification; aspersion.
    • n defamation [Formerly defamation was used more with reference to slander or spoken words. In modern use slander is spoken defamation and libel is published defamation. Both are subjects for civil action for damages. Libel alone is usually punishable criminally, the common test of criminality being that it tends to a breach of the peace.] Synonyms Detraction, aspersion, backbiting, scandal, libel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Defamation the act of defaming: calumny: slander
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. diffamacioun, F. diffamation,. See Defame
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. defamer—L. diffamāredis, away, fama, report.


In literature:

You are a property thief, a receiver of stolen goods, a defamer of character.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Defame a man in office and dignity?
"The Lawyers, A Drama in Five Acts" by Augustus William Iffland
Then again, it is largely owing to certain stories in the Middle Ages that the women of those times have been defamed.
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
She only defamed my principles, but you are corrupting them.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
A newspaper asks me why I did not prosecute him for defamation.
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
Likewise we have had to extend liability for oral defamation.
"An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law" by Roscoe Pound
He is liable to a species of defamation ten times worse than robbery.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
Cavallotti then began against him a pitiless campaign of defamation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
The knight challenged the defamer.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
Ah, base the sport that lightly dares defame The sacred honour of a lady's name!
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões

In poetry:

What is Truth? the sland'rer says—
Is it to blast my neighbours' name;
Them defaming all my days—
Acting as though I had no shame?
"What Is Truth?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Of petty souls whose joy is defamation,
Of malice, envy, cruelty, and greed
Each day supplies its sickening revelation,
And makes imperative my spirit's need
To sleep and to forget.
"To Sleep And Forget" by John Lawson Stoddard
On the stage their act hath framed
For thy sports, O Liberty!
Doubted are they, and defamed
By the tongues their act set free,
While they quicken, tend and raise
Power that must their power displace.
"The Pro-Consuls" by Rudyard Kipling
John A. Calhoun, my Joe John, don't pout about your name;
It never will disgrace you, John, but you may it defame
By doing silly things, John, and things, you ought to know,
Will but recoil upon yourself, John A. Calhoun, my Joe.
"John A. Calhoun, My Joe John" by David John Scott
Yet, though treason and fierce unreason should league and lie and defame
and smite,
We that know thee, how far below thee the hatred burns of the sons of
We that love thee, behold above thee the witness written of life in
"England CXVII" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Jehovah! Jehovah! I slew him, the scourge and sting of Thy Nation.
Take from me his spirit, take from me the voice of his blood.
With madness I rave--by day and by night, defamation!
Jehovah, release me! Jehovah! if still Thou art God!
"Jael" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Bain Capital partner Jonathan Lavine to receive Anti- Defamation League community service award.
Kiraly moves to dismiss defamation suit.
A Menlo Park fire board member sued for defamation and conspiracy shot back by asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit.
X Factor judge Louis Walsh settles defamation case.
Defamation lawsuit is filed against Hamilton acting mayor by township employee.
Jarema denies six allegations including sexual discrimination, defamation .
Penn State request to delay McQueary defamation , whistleblower suit to be topic of hearing.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to testify in $6 million defamation lawsuit against him.
Judith Collins defamation case settled.
Should Kevin Clash Sue Accuser for Defamation .
Jones sues newspaper, reporters for defamation .
Judge withholds ruling in defamation case.
Landfill owner's defamation suit gets new judge.
New evidence has emerged in one of the city's newspapers on the second day of the defamation trial against Mayor Rob Ford that purports to shine a light on exactly what Ford said in an interview that led to the lawsuit.
Ex-Finance Head Rips Berlin, Mayor In Defamation Suit.

In science:

Some colleagues used to apply the defaming expression “post-dictions” to explanations.
Strange Quark Matter Theory
This last affirmation smacks simply of defamation though it is interesting, nonetheless, to try to understand why religion for Sokal (and Bricmont) is a pseudoscience in the same way that astrology is.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms