character assassination noun
: the act of saying false things about a person usually in order to make the public stop liking or trusting that person
: the slandering of a person usually with the intention of destroying public confidence in that person
Examples of CHARACTER ASSASSINATION
- None of those rumors are true. She's been the victim of character assassination.
- <the actor's lawyers charge that the tabloid engaged in a deliberate campaign of character assassination>
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Related to CHARACTER ASSASSINATION
- aspersing, blackening, calumniation, calumny, slander, defamation, defaming, libel, libeling (or libelling), maligning, smearing, traducing, vilification, vilifying
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