- containing defamation; injurious to reputation; slanderous or libelous: She claimed that the article in the magazine was defamatory.
Origin of defamatory
Examples from the Web for defamatory
In court, Kimberlin was both outraged at the “pedophile” claims and slippery about whether they were defamatory.
The jurors could “send a message” that bitter, defamatory blogging and tweeting was unacceptable.
She calls shady allusions about her family “defamatory and degrading,” and “clearly anti-Semitic.”We Watch the DSK Sex Romp So You Don’t Have To
May 20, 2014
Singer and his legal representatives have denied all claims, calling them defamatory and “without merit.”Will Naming And Shaming Prove to be a Winning Strategy For Bryan Singer's Accuser?
Eboni K. Williams
April 22, 2014
We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit.Inside Hollywood’s ‘Twink’ Pool Parties
April 19, 2014
And he threatened to have me arrested for defamatory language.Our Square and the People in It
Samuel Hopkins Adams
There is another point connected with this employment of defamatory epithets.Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh
All sorts of defamatory reports were spread abroad about them.T. De Witt Talmage
T. De Witt Talmage
The Archbishop of Salzburg bitterly resents "the calumnious and defamatory charges against them."The Jesuits, 1534-1921
Thomas J. Campbell
Sir Charles has written a defamatory letter, which has closed every house in this county to his victim.A Terrible Temptation
- injurious to someone's name or reputation
Word Origin and History for defamatory
1590s, from Middle French diffamatoire, Medieval Latin diffamatorius "tending to defame," from diffamat-, past participle stem of diffamare (see defame).