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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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