|part of speech:
||the act of causing damage to the reputation of a person, group, or institution by making unfavorable and unjust statements.
He was sued for defamation after reporting that the head of a major charity had used money from donations to buy personal luxury items.
||the act of attacking the reputation of a person, group, or institution.
- calumny, denigration, smear, vilification
- similar words:
- aspersion, censure, denunciation, discredit, libel, malediction, mudslinging, obloquy, scandal, slander, slur