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The journalists have defamed me!
  to hurt someone’s reputation through false statements
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defamatory defamer defamation defame defamed defaming defames
Strongly Associated with:   libel, slander
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  • The journalists have defamed me!
  • He threatened legal action if she continued to defame him in her articles.
  • It was an expression coined by the majority party to defame the opposition as illegitimate.
  • But I am defamed in her eyes.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband

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  • "You defame me, sir," I said.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • There were individuals from the Anti-Defamation League and United Jewish Appeal—a couple of my father’s favorite organizations—as well as someone from Sotheby’s.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • More important, the defamation lawsuits chilled sympathetic coverage of civil rights activism.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It defames my good name.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • That the world, and men for whom His Son die, will not be given over to monsters, whose very existence would defame Him.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • So curious, that I think you are running a great risk of a prosecution for defamation of character.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • Not even the feminine association with the left-hand side could escape the Church’s defamation.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They used my talent-for the defamation of itself.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • PROCTOR, familiarly, with warmth, although he knows he is approaching the edge of Giles’ tolerance with this: Is it the Devil’s fault that a man cannot say you good morning without you clap him for defamation?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • The broken bit of mirror danced away from him; he picked it up and turned it over in his fingers, thinking, thinking of Dumbledore and the lies with which Rita Skeeter was defaming him… A flash of brightest blue.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Yet you bleat on, ’ defaming the Lord Marshal Agamemnon because our Danaan veterans award him plentiful gifts of war.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • How Sir Suppinabiles told Sir Tristram how he was defamed in the court of King Arthur, and of Sir Lamorak.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • If nothing else, we can always get him nailed for defamation of character.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • How Sir Suppinabiles told Sir Tristram how he was defamed in the court of King Arthur, and of Sir Lamorak.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • This myth, this rumour, this legend resounded, its fragrants rose up, here and there; in the towns, the Brahmans spoke of it and in the forest, the Samanas; again and again, the name of Gotama, the Buddha reached the ears of the young men, with good and with bad talk, with praise and with defamation.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • Rebecca, the daughter of Isaac of York, is, by many frequent and suspicious circumstances, defamed of sorcery practised on the person of a noble knight of our holy Order, and hath challenged the combat in proof of her innocence.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • ’Being reviled we bless; being persecuted we suffer it; being defamed we entreat; we are made as the filth of the world, and as the offscouring of all things unto this day.’
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • ’You are a precious set of people, ain’t you?’ said Uriah, in the same low voice, and breaking out into a clammy heat, which he wiped from his forehead, with his long lean hand, ’to buy over my clerk, who is the very scum of society, — as you yourself were, Copperfield, you know it, before anyone had charity on you, — to defame me with his lies?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • …Sacripante or Roland had been poets they would have given the damsel a trimming; for it is naturally the way with poets who have been scorned and rejected by their ladies, whether fictitious or not, in short by those whom they select as the ladies of their thoughts, to avenge themselves in satires and libels—a vengeance, to be sure, unworthy of generous hearts; but up to the present I have not heard of any defamatory verse against the Lady Angelica, who turned the world upside down.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Why the doctor here heard you cussing out and defaming one of the finest types of Republican congressmen, just this noon!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • And later is Worse, When men will not hate you Enough to defame or to execrate you, But pondering the qualities that you lacked Will only try to find the historical fact.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • Such may likewise be suspected of deserving this character, who, without assigning any particular faults, condemn the whole in general defamatory terms; such as vile, dull, d—d stuff, &c.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Threatened, investigated and defamed by his fellow Radical Republicans, the nervous Fowler so faltered in his reply on May 16 that it was at first mistaken for the word "guilty."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The court had just ruled that Blomkvist had libelled and defamed the financier Hans-Erik Wennerström.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Madame defames me, and her guests defame me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • It is forbidden to defame or slander another person.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • My guilt thy growing virtues did defame; My blackness blotted thy unblemish’d name.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Pretty clear case of defamation, don’t you think?
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • "That’s defamatory and prejudicial!" roared Bellagrog, smacking Ms. Richter’s desk.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Ah, gentle knight, said the king, have mercy upon my queen, courteous knight, for I am now in certain she is untruly defamed.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • Under American law, an accuser must prove that the allegations at the heart of a libel case are not only false and defamatory, but also have been recklessly, negligently, or deliberately spread.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • "—the sheik spoke with the feeling of a man repelling a personal defamation—"they will tell you, I say, that our horses of the best blood are derived from the Nesaean pastures of Persia.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • I never hired scribblers to defame my rivals.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Calm as a marble head, defamed with a spit-curl, Virgie’s head would be proudly carried past the banner on the wall, past every word of "It’s Cool at the Bijou, Enjoy Typhoons of Alaskan Breezes," which was tacked up under the fan.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • When she was grown she would tilt up her chin, dim as a marble head, defamed with a spit-curl, Virgie’s head would be proudly carried past the banner on the wall, past every word of "It’s Cool at the Bijou, Enjoy Typhoons of Alaskan Breezes," which was tacked up under the fan.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • It is a sin, and eke a great folly To apeiren* any man, or him defame, *injure And eke to bringe wives in evil name.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • …unanimous, and other rites Observing none, but adoration pure Which God likes best, into their inmost bower Handed they went; and, eased the putting off These troublesome disguises which we wear, Straight side by side were laid; nor turned, I ween, Adam from his fair spouse, nor Eve the rites Mysterious of connubial love refused: Whatever hypocrites austerely talk Of purity, and place, and innocence, Defaming as impure what God declares Pure, and commands to some, leaves free to all.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • And furthermore, you ball-less scrotum, when he learns that she’s trying to further defame the brave boys who wanted only a little relaxation while fighting a thankless war-" In Vienna, Virginia, Alexander Conklin replaced the phone.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Herr Michael Lodygowski then promptly slapped Herr Janusz Teofil Lenart for the objectionable injury he had done to Herr and Frau von Zutawski, whereupon, "without a moment lost, Herr Stanislaw von Zutawski repeatedly delivered a series of slaps to the face of Herr Janusz Teofil Lenart for the latter’s slanderous defamation of both his wife, Jadwiga, and Fraulein Krylow.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • MOS: No, sir, on visitation; (I’ll tell you how anon;) and staying long, The youth he grows impatient, rushes forth, Seizeth the lady, wounds me, makes her swear (Or he would murder her, that was his vow) To affirm my patron to have done her rape: Which how unlike it is, you see! and hence, With that pretext he’s gone, to accuse his father, Defame my patron, defeat you— VOLT: Where is her husband?
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Madame defames me, and her guests defame me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • So Sir Tristram made great moan and was ashamed that noble knights should defame him for the sake of his lady.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • The Church needed to defame Mary Magdalene in order to cover up her dangerous secret—her role as the Holy Grail.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Public Safety Commissioner L. B. Sullivan and Governor Patterson claimed defamation.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Southern state court judges and all-white juries were all too willing to rule in favor of "defamed" local officials, and state authorities had won millions of dollars in judgments this way.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • For, when I dare not otherwise debate, Then will I sting him with my tongue smart* *sharply In preaching, so that he shall not astart* *escape To be defamed falsely, if that he Hath trespass’d* to my brethren or to me.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
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