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English noun: defamation

1. defamation (communication) a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions

Synonymscalumniation, calumny, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement

Broader (hypernym)depreciation, derogation, disparagement

Narrower (hyponym)assassination, blackwash, character assassination, epithet, libel, malignment, name, name calling, names, slander, smear, vilification

2. defamation (act) an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

Synonymsaspersion, calumny, denigration, slander

Broader (hypernym)attack

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