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
The case will now return to district court, where Breuder is suing for defamation and breach of contract.
Moore filed a counterclaim against Corfman on Tuesday on grounds of defamation and slander.
Lies, defamation and breach of confidentiality were among the claims Atrium Health lobbed at a company and its affiliate that supplies anesthesiologists to many of Atrium's Charlotte-area hospitals.
Moore’s attorneys had argued that there was no defamation and that Moore had a First Amendment right to defend himself.
They were interviewed days after reaching a tentative settlement of $2.5 million with the city of Vallejo, Calif., in a civil lawsuit for defamation and infliction of emotional distress.
That a third case involving defamation and harassment would be playing out at the same time is without precedent.
Steven Ungerleider filed the suit in federal court in Boston on Friday, claiming defamation and tortious interference.
The suit accuses the Met and Gelb of defamation and breach of contract.
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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.
DEFAMATION Defined for English Language Learners
: the act of saying false things in order to make people have a bad opinion of someone or something : the act of defaming someone or something
- every repetition of the defamation is a publication
- —W. L. Prosser and W. P. Keeton
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