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 founder of Superstar Machine, Greg Scherick, has sued Jezebel for defamation.
Variety reports that Ratner has filed a defamation suit in a Hawaii court against Melanie Kohler.
David Bernstein, the bartender, then filed a defamation suit against Lebeouf.
Manning denies the claim and discussed it in an chapter in his book, which prompted Naughright to sue him for defamation.
The issue resurfaced in Manning's 2001 autobiography, which drew a defamation lawsuit from Naughright that also ended in a settlement.
Legal costs are approaching $5 million; this week, a third defamation suit by University of Virginia fraternity members moved forward.
Instead of debates over density, setbacks and traffic, Orndorff’s lawsuit accuses Shkut of slander, defamation and malicious prosecution.
Brown was granted a restraining order against Gilles in April, but Gilles in turn sued Brown for defamation, claiming her pregnancy was the result of a one-night stand.
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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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