- (Of remarks, writing, etc.) damaging the good reputation of someone; slanderous or libellous: a defamatory allegationMore example sentences
libellous, slanderous, defaming, calumnious, calumniatory, vilifying, traducing, scandalous, scandalmongering, malicious, vicious, backbiting, muckraking, abusive, maledictory, maledictive; disparaging, denigratory, detracting, derogatory, censorious, critical; insulting, slurring, injurious• archaic contumelious
- The unlawful publication of defamatory matter is an actionable wrong.
- The defendant cannot engage in recrimination or trade defamatory comments with the claimant.
- There was an issue as to whether the article was defamatory of the plaintiff at all.