Definition of defamation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdefəˈmāSH(ə)n/


The action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel: she sued him for defamation
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  • If the contents of the publication are untrue the law of defamation provides prohibition.
  • No defamation occurs until the defamatory matter is communicated to a third party.
  • Defendants have counterclaimed for defamation and abuse of process.
libel, slander, calumny, character assassination, vilification;
scandalmongering, malicious gossip, aspersions, muckraking, abuse;
disparagement, denigration;
smear, slur
informal mudslinging, smack talk

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Syllabification: def·a·ma·tion

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