WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
def•a•ma•tion /ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]the act of defaming:He sued the newspaper for defamation of character.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 def•a•ma•tion
(def′ə mā′shən),USA pronunciation n.
- the act of defaming;
false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another, as by slander or libel;
calumny:She sued the magazine for defamation of character.
- Medieval Latin diffāmātiōn- (stem of diffāmātiō), equivalent. to Latin diffāmāt(us) (past participle of diffāmāre; see defame) + -iōn- -ion
- 1275–1325; Middle English; replacing (by analogy with defame) Middle English diffamacioun
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
defamation /ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən/ n
- the injuring of a person's good name or reputation
Compare libel, slander
- the act of defaming or state of being defamed
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