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defamatory

[ dih-fam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ dɪˈfæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective

containing defamation; injurious to reputation; slanderous or libelous: She claimed that the article in the magazine was defamatory.

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Origin of defamatory

1585–95; <Medieval Latin diffāmātōrius, equivalent to Latin diffāmā(re) (see defame) + -tōrious-tory1

OTHER WORDS FROM defamatory

non·de·fam·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·de·fam·a·to·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for defamatory

defamatory
/ (dɪˈfæmətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

injurious to someone's name or reputation

Derived forms of defamatory

defamatorily, adverb
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