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defamation

def·a·ma·tion

defamation

pronunciation:
de f meI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: 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.
definition 2: the act of attacking the reputation of a person, group, or institution.
synonyms:
calumny, denigration, smear, vilification
antonyms:
puffery
similar words:
aspersion, censure, denunciation, discredit, libel, malediction, mudslinging, obloquy, scandal, slander, slur