character assassination


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

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 Three months after Omarova withdrew her nomination, Sarah Bloom Raskin endured a similar character assassination. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 16 Apr. 2022 But such hopes ignore the corrosive impact of recent nomination fights -- which ended with Democrats accusing the GOP of stealing seats and conservatives claiming nominees endured character assassination. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 27 Jan. 2022 The Bronson administration has called the accusations false and an attempt at character assassination. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2021 But how many of those barbs were simply attempts at character assassination isn’t clear. NBC News, 18 Oct. 2021 In February 2021, Timberlake publicly apologized for his involvement in Spears's character assassination in the 2000s. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 14 Oct. 2021 Is this campy fun or inadvertent character assassination? Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 3 Sep. 2021 If your teen comes to you beforehand worried about how to approach the breakup, Solomon advises parents to do a role-play or brainstorm a script that avoids finger-pointing and character assassination. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021 So there was a real character assassination of the entire political movement. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of character assassination

1822, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2022

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“Character assassination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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