Origin of defamatoryMedieval Latin diffamatorius
The definition of defamatory is hurts someone's reputation.
An example of defamatory used as an adjective is in the phrase "defamatory statements," which means statements which can hurt someone's reputation.
defaming or tending to defame; slanderous
defamatory - Legal Definition
Used in reference to an utterance, to indicate that it is false and harmful to the reputation of another.
- Tom Cruise has vehemently fought the tabloids for printing stories that he felt were defamatory in nature and donated the court case proceeds to charity.