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character assassination

noun

Simple Definition of character assassination

  • : the act of saying false things about a person usually in order to make the public stop liking or trusting that person

Full Definition of character assassination

  1. :  the slandering of a person usually with the intention of destroying public confidence in that person

Examples of character assassination

  1. None of those rumors are true. She's been the victim of character assassination.

  2. <the actor's lawyers charge that the tabloid engaged in a deliberate campaign of character assassination>



1944

First Known Use of character assassination

1944


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