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defamation Explained

defamation at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


defamation at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] the act of defaming someone// --He sued the newspaper for defamation of character .//

defamation at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

In law, issuance of false statements about a person that injure the reputation of or deter others from associating with that person. Libel and slander are the legal subcategories of defamation. Libel is defamation in print, pictures, or any other visual symbols. A libel plaintiff must generally establish that the alleged libel refers to him or her specifically, that it was published to others (third parties), and that some injury occurred as a result. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that public persons (e.g., celebrities or politicians) alleging libel may recover damages only if they prove that the statement in question was made with "actual malice," that is, with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard for the truth (New York Times Co. vs. Sullivan, 1964). Slander is defamation by oral communication. An action for slander may be brought without alleging and proving special injury if the statement has a plainly harmful character, as by imputing to the plaintiff criminal guilt, serious sexual misconduct, or a characteristic affecting his or her business or profession. The defense in defamation cases often takes the form of seeking to establish the truth of the statements in question.

defamation at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

24 Moby Thesaurus words for "defamation":
attack, backbiting, backstabbing, belittlement, blackening,
calumny, character assassination, defamation of character,
defilement, denigration, depreciation, disparagement,
malicious defamation, muckraking, mudslinging, name-calling,
revilement, scandal, slander, smear, smear campaign, smear word,
tale, vilification

defamation at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Detraction): detraction, disparagement, depreciation, vilification, obloquy, defamation, slander, calumny, backbiting, libel.

defamation at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[U, C] (formal) the act of causing harm to sb by saying or writing bad or false things about them:
The company sued for defamation. * He brought a legal action against the magazine for defamation of character.

DEFAMATION at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

rts of the circuit)
3 (in sport) a series of games or matches in which the same players regularly take part:
the women's tennis circuit
4 a track for cars or motorcycles to race around
5 a series of places or events of a particular kind at which the same people appear or take part:
the lecture / cabaret circuit
6 a regular journey made by a judge to hear court cases in each of the courts of law in a particular area:
a circuit judgenoun
a board that holds electrical circuits inside a piece of electrical equipmentnoun
[U] (BrE) a type of training in sport in which different exercises are each done for a short timenoun
a device that can automatically stop an electric current if it becomes dangerousadjective
(formal) (of a route or journey) long and not direct:
He took us on a circuitous route to the hotel. * The journey was circuitous and slow.
circuitously adverbnoun
[U] a system of electrical CIRCUITS or the equipment that forms thisadjective, noun
1 shaped like a c

Defamation at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Defamation \Def`a*ma"tion\, n. [OE. diffamacioun, F.
diffamation. See {Defame}.]
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.

Note: In modern usage, written defamation bears the title of
libel, and oral defamation that of slander. --Burrill.

defamation at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a malicious attack [syn: {calumny}, {obloquy}, {traducement},
{hatchet job}]
2: an abusive attack on a person's character or good name [syn:
{aspersion}, {calumny}, {slander}, {denigration}]

defamation at English (WD) Of Explained:



* Inter: IPA » /ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /%dEf@"meIS@n/
  • Inter: rhymes » eɪʃən
  • Inter: hyphenation » def|am|ation


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • 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.


    * slander
    • detraction
    • calumny
    • aspersion
    • See also Category: Wikisaurus:slander -

      Related terms

      * defame
    • defamatory


      Inter: trans-top » act of injuring another's reputation by any slanderous communication
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|клевета|f, Inter: t+ » bg|хула|f
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|difamació|f
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|誹謗|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|诽谤|tr=fěibàng|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|pomluva|f
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|belastering
    • Finnish: Inter: qualifier » legal term Inter: t- » fi|kunnianloukkaus, Inter: qualifier » common terms Inter: t- » fi|herjaus, Inter: t- » fi|solvaus
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|diffamation|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Verleumdung|f
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|δυσφήμιση|f|tr=dysfímisi, Inter: t+ » el|συκοφαντία|f|tr=sykofantía|sc=Grek, Inter: qualifier » defamation of character Inter: t- » el|συκοφαντική δυσφήμιση|f|tr=sykofantikí dysfímisi|sc=Grek

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|השמצה|f|tr=hashmatza|sc=Hebr
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|rágalmazás
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|diffamazione|f
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|名誉毀損|tr=めいよきそん, meiyokison|sc=Jpan
  • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|중상|tr=jungsang|sc=Kore
  • Latin: diffamatio, obtrectatio, Inter: t- » la|diffamatio, Inter: t- » la|obtrectatio
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|ærekrenkelse|c, Inter: t- » no|ærekrenking|f
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|difamação|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|диффамация|f|tr=diffamácija, Inter: t+ » ru|шельмование|n|tr=šelʹmovánije, Inter: t+ » ru|клевета|f|tr=klevetá, Inter: t+ » ru|поношение|n|tr=ponošénije|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|хула|f|tr=xulá|sc=Cyrl
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|difamación|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:en:Crime -
    Translation: et » defamation
    Translation: el » defamation
    Translation: es » defamation
    Translation: fa » defamation
    Translation: fr » defamation
    Translation: ko » defamation
    Translation: io » defamation
    Translation: id » defamation
    Translation: kn » defamation
    Translation: pl » defamation
    Translation: pt » defamation
    Translation: ta » defamation
    Translation: te » defamation
    Translation: vi » defamation
    Translation: zh » defamation