Origin of defamatory
Examples from the Web for 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.”
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|DAILY BEAST
We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit.
Why call his speech before the United Nations “defamatory and venomous… full of mendacious propaganda?”
Defamatory words falsely spoken of a party which prejudice such party in his or her profession or trade.Commercial Law|Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
No intent can, make a defamatory publication good, nothing can make it have a good tendency; truth is not pleadable.Thoughts on the Present Discontents|Edmund Burke
To prove that the defamatory publication complained of is true is an absolute and complete defense.The Style Book of The Detroit News|The Detroit News
My fortune was definitely established by a defamatory note on 'Napoleon the little.'Atlantida|Pierre Benoit
There is another point connected with this employment of defamatory epithets.Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh|Lin-Le
British Dictionary definitions for defamatory
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).