[ def-uh-mey-shuhn ]
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  1. 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.

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)

confusables note For defamation

See slander.

Words that may be confused with defamation

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How to use defamation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for defamation


/ (ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən) /

  1. law the injuring of a person's good name or reputation: Compare libel, slander

  2. the act of defaming or state of being defamed

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