criminal defamation

noun

law : defamation that constitutes a crime (as because it was made maliciously) and is subject to criminal penalties

Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of criminal defamation was in 1875

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“Criminal defamation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criminal%20defamation. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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