Examples of defamation in a Sentence
The article was full of lies and defamations.
accused the newspaper columnist of defamation of character
Recent Examples of defamation from the Web
Variety reports that Ratner has filed a defamation suit in a Hawaii court against Melanie Kohler.
Manning denies the claim and discussed it in an chapter in his book, which prompted Naughright to sue him for defamation.
David Bernstein, the bartender, then filed a defamation suit against Lebeouf.
The founder of Superstar Machine, Greg Scherick, has sued Jezebel for defamation.
Hopkins sued for damages, citing breach of contract, defamation, intentional interference with a contract and violating the N.C. blacklisting statute and federal Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act.
His lawyer attempted to have Zervos’ defamation lawsuit dismissed in July, claiming that presidents cannot face civil lawsuits while in office.
Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox , FOX 0.38% have filed a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit from a contributor who claimed he was misquoted in an article about the murder of a Democratic National Committee employee.
On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan ruled that a lower court had erred in dismissing a defamation lawsuit filed by three former members of the fraternity at the center of the 2014 article.
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Did You Know?
Harming someone's reputation in speech with falsehoods is known as slander, and doing the same thing in writing is known as libel (which sometimes includes speech as well). Any ordinary citizen who can claim to have suffered harm as a result of such defamation may sue. So why aren't politicians suing all the time? Because an exception is made for "public persons" (a category that includes most other celebrities as well), who must also prove that any such statement was made with "reckless disregard for the truth". And although, even by that standard, public persons are defamed all the time, most of them have decided that it's better to just grin and bear it.
Synonymsaspersing, blackening, calumniation, calumny, character assassination, slander, defaming, libel, libeling (or libelling), maligning, smearing, traducing, vilification, vilifying
Related Wordsaspersion, innuendo, muck, mud, smear; backbiting, detraction; abuse, invective, vituperation; attack, censure, criticism, denunciation, hatchet job; contempt, disdain, scorn; belittlement, denigration, disparagement; cattiness, despite, hatefulness, malevolence, malice, maliciousness, malignancy, malignity, meanness, nastiness, spite, spitefulness, spleen, venom, viciousness
Near Antonymsacclaim, accolade, applause, commendation, praise; esteem, honor, respect; adulation, flattery; adoration, reverence, veneration, worship
DEFAMATION Defined for English Language Learners
legal Definition of defamation
- every repetition of the defamation is a publication
- —W. L. Prosser and W. P. Keeton
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