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defamation

[ def-uh-mey-shuhn ]
/ ˌdɛf əˈmeɪ ʃən /
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noun
the act of defaming; false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another, as by slander or libel; calumny: She sued the magazine for defamation of character.
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Origin of defamation

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English; replacing (by analogy with defame) Middle English diffamacioun, from Medieval Latin diffāmātiōn- (stem of diffāmātiō ), equivalent to Latin diffāmāt(us) (past participle of diffāmāre; see defame) + -iōn- noun suffix (see -ion)

words often confused with defamation

See slander.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH defamation

calumny, defamation , libel, slander (see confusables note at slander)
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British Dictionary definitions for defamation

defamation
/ (ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən) /

noun
law the injuring of a person's good name or reputationCompare libel, slander
the act of defaming or state of being defamed
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