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DEFAMATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does defamation mean? 

DEFAMATION (noun)
  The noun DEFAMATION has 2 senses:

1. a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
2. an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

  Familiarity information: DEFAMATION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFAMATION (noun)


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Meaning:

A false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

hatchet job; defamation; calumny; calumniation; traducement; obloquy

Hypernyms ("defamation" is a kind of...):

depreciation; derogation; disparagement (a communication that belittles somebody or something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "defamation"):

assassination; blackwash; character assassination (an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation)

malignment; smear; vilification (slanderous defamation)

libel (a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person)

slander (words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another)

name calling; names (verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument)

epithet; name (a defamatory or abusive word or phrase)


Sense 2defamation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An abusive attack on a person's character or good name

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

aspersion; calumny; defamation; denigration; slander

Hypernyms ("defamation" is a kind of...):

attack (strong criticism)


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