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defame
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Definition to hurt someone's reputation through false statements
  • He threatened legal action if she continued to defame him in her articles.
  • The journalists have defamed me!
  • It was an expression coined by the majority party to defame the opposition as illegitimate.
  • ...I think you are running a great risk of a prosecution for defamation of character.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • defamation = the hurting of someone's reputation through false statements
  • It defames my good name.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • defames = hurts someone's reputation through false statements
  • 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...
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • defaming = hurting someone's reputation through false statements
  • 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
  • defamation = hurting of someone's reputation through false statements
  • More important, the defamation lawsuits chilled sympathetic coverage of civil rights activism.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • defamation = the hurting of someone's reputation through false statements
  • It is forbidden to defame or slander another person.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • defame = to hurt someone's reputation through false statements
  • 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
  • defamatory = hurt someone's reputation (falsely)
  • But I am defamed in her eyes.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • defamed = with a reputation damaged through false statements
  • Madame defames me, and her guests defame me.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • Defames my grey hairs rather than thine own?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus At Colonus
  • If nothing else, we can always get him nailed for defamation of character.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Why the doctor here heard you cussing out and defaming one of the finest types of Republican congressmen, just this noon!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I never hired scribblers to defame my rivals.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • 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
  • My guilt thy growing virtues did defame; My blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • 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
  • 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

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