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Synonyms for defamation
ˌdɛf əˈmeɪ ʃəndefama·tion

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  1. defamationnoun

    slander, aspersion, detraction, calumny

  2. defamationnoun

    Act of injuring another's reputation by any slanderous communication, written or oral; the wrong of maliciously injuring the good name of another; slander; detraction; calumny; aspersion.

    calumny, aspersion, slander, detraction

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defamation, calumny, calumniation, obloquy, traducement, hatchet jobnoun

    a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions

    hatchet job, calumniation, calumny, traducement, obloquy, denigration, aspersion, opprobrium, slander

  2. aspersion, calumny, slander, defamation, denigrationnoun

    an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

    hatchet job, calumniation, calumny, sprinkling, traducement, obloquy, belittling, deprecation, denigration, aspersion, slur, slander

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Editors Contribution

  1. oppobrium

    public disgrace arising from shameful conduct

    the opprbrium of being closely associated with gangsters.

    Submitted by rinat on November 1, 2015  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. defamationnoun

    slander, calumny, detraction, obloquy, aspersion, abuse, backbiting, scandal, false accusation

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. defamationnoun

    calumny, libel, lampoon, traducement, roorback, slander

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "defamation":

    libel, slander, vilification, denigration, ejaculation, slur

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  1. Paul Callan:

    Even good defamation cases are hard to win in court, because of the discovery involved and proving actual damages. But this case, I think, is going to be extraordinarily difficult, the defense will be that this is simply an expression of opinion by the President, which he's allowed to express, and that is considered non-defamatory under defamation law.

  2. Mark Sableman:

    I think defendants in modern defamation cases are likely to point to the vitriolic no-holes-barred nature of modern social media, cable TV, and political discourse, in contending that many words and accusations formerly considered defamatory are now understood only as mere opinions, not factual assertions.

  3. Ted Cruz:

    His own words said on national television are a matter of public record, and by definition repeating someone's own words can not be defamation.

  4. Cheryl Dorsey:

    We'll know that this thing that the police are saying is true when Jussie's great, great legal team doesn't sue Chicago PD for defamation or slander.

  5. Marshall Searcy:

    Truth is an absolute defense to a defamation claim.

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