Definition of whispering campaign in English:

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whispering campaign

Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wisp(ə)riNG kamˈpān/


A systematic circulation of a rumor, typically in order to damage someone’s reputation.
Example sentences
  • The whispering campaign blamed him for damaging the company's relationship with the big brass at the MoD.
  • The newspaper story crystallised a whispering campaign against him which seems to have scared off club chairmen who would otherwise find his track record irresistible.
  • A long-serving Lib Dem MP, a colleague of Kennedy's for some two decades, said the build-up of rumours bore all the hallmarks of a whispering campaign.

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Syllabification: whis·per·ing cam·paign

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