character assassination


Definition of character assassination

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

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Examples of character assassination in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web By all accounts, the character assassination of the real-life Richard Jewell was achingly plain and unjust. Katie Hasty,, "Clint Eastwood only hurt himself with Richard Jewell’s worst cliché," 17 Dec. 2019 Finally, Trump, Biden and the politics of character assassination. NBC News, "Meet the Press - October 13, 2019," 13 Oct. 2019 Viorica Dancila blamed Romania’s opposition for mounting a character assassination. The Economist, "Two European Commission nominees fall at the first hurdle," 3 Oct. 2019 This character assassination was so vicious and so horrible, so nasty, Justice Thomas called it a high-tech lynching. Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 2018 Also significantly: That did not prevent widespread speculation and character assassinations from appearing in the press, influencing public perception and likely prejudicing the jury. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Strange Case against Cardinal Pell," 22 Aug. 2019 The battle against the pipeline, waged in the name of wildlife, indigenous peoples and the planet, feels to Albertans like character assassination. The Economist, "The environmentThe environment is Canada’s biggest wedge issue," 25 July 2019 Keystone Managing Director Anthony Giorgio said early in his remarks that over the course of this debate, there has been a tremendous amount of character assassination, and that there was no need to engage in it further. Shannon Larson,, "Opponents speak out against Nod Road development at Avon hearing," 24 July 2019 Robinho effectively performed a character assassination on himself after initially looking like a Manchester City legend in the making., "6 Footballers Who Had Their Reputations Ruined by One Bad Career Move," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of character assassination

1822, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2020

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“Character assassination.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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character assassination


English Language Learners 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

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