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
Painter sued Suire in federal court for defamation in 2012.
So suing for defamation, as the letter threatens, could require Trump to prove that a statement made by Bannon was false, damaging and delivered with actual malice, meaning that Bannon knew his comments were false and made them anyway.
Doleh then sued his son-in-law for defamation when pictures from the alleged incident appeared online.
The suit alleges defamation, as well as civil harassment and civil conspiracy.
And in May, 2015, Ms. Dickinson filed suit against Cosby and Singer for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
But on Monday, a Miami-Dade jury ruled against Veitch on all counts, finding that Sheehan and Norwegian were not liable either for defamation or an accompanying claim of breach of contract.
One lawsuit has emerged from the allegations made against Trump: One of his accusers, Summer Zervos, sued him in New York for defamation over Trump's repeated comments that all of the women were liars.
After the trial ended in three acquittals, a hung jury and a dismissal of the remaining cases, five of the six officers attempted to sue the state’s attorney for defamation—something that’s rare because of prosecutorial immunity.
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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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