Origin of defamationMiddle English defamacioun from Old French difamacion from Late Latin diffamatio
Defamation is defined as the act of ruining someone's reputation through slander or libel.
An example of defamation is spreading lies about a public figure that destroys his career.
The act of defaming; calumny, slander, or libel.
defamation - Legal Definition
The utterance of a false statement that harms the reputation of another. Although most state laws require that a defamatory statement be made with knowledge of its falsehood, in some jurisdictions a cause of action exists for negligent defamation. Libel (involving a written false statement, including statements transmitted on the Internet) and slander (spoken, as opposed to written, false statements), are both forms of defamation.
- Cruise got wind of it and filed a defamation suit against Sapir.
- GLAAD - the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation - staged a large protest outside of the ceremony.
- (6) Defamation was taken away in England by 18 & 19 Vict.
- Danby therefore ordered a return from every diocese of the numbers of dissenters, both Romanist and Protestant, in order by a proof of their insignificance to remove the royal scruples.3 In December 1676 he issued a proclamation for the suppression of coffee-houses because of the "defamation of His Majesty's Government" which took place in them, but this was soon withdrawn.
- "No stronger proof," says Mark Pattison, "can be given of the inpressions produced by this powerful philippic, dedicated to the defamation of an individual, than that it has been the source from which the biography of Scaliger, as it now stands in our biographical collections, has mainly flowed."