whispering campaign

noun

Definition of whispering campaign

:the systematic dissemination by word of mouth of derogatory rumors or charges especially against a candidate for public office

Examples of whispering campaign in a Sentence

  1. He was the target of a whispering campaign started by his political rivals.

First Known Use of whispering campaign

1920


WHISPERING CAMPAIGN Defined for English Language Learners

whispering campaign

noun

Definition of whispering campaign for English Language Learners

  • : an effort to spread rumors about someone in order to hurt that person's reputation


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up whispering campaign? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!