Defamation meaning

dĕf'ə-mā'shən
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.

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The act of defaming; calumny, slander, or libel.
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A defaming or being defamed; detraction, slander, or libel.
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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.
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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.
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Origin of defamation

From Old French diffamacion (French diffamation), from Latin diffamatio