character assassination

noun
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of character assassination

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

Examples of character assassination in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of character assassination

1822


CHARACTER ASSASSINATION Defined for English Language Learners

character assassination

noun

Definition of character assassination for English Language Learners

  • : 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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