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defamation

[def-uh-mey-shuh n] /ˌdɛf əˈmeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of defaming; false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another, as by slander or libel; calumny:
She sued the magazine for defamation of character.
Origin of defamation
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; replacing (by analogy with defame) Middle English diffamacioun < Medieval Latin diffāmātiōn- (stem of diffāmātiō), equivalent to Latin diffāmāt(us) (past participle of diffāmāre; see defame) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confused
defamation, liable, libel, slander (see usage note at liable)
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defamation

/ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən/
noun
1.
(law) the injuring of a person's good name or reputation Compare libel, slander
2.
the act of defaming or state of being defamed
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Word Origin and History for defamation
n.

c.1300, from Old French diffamacion, Medieval Latin deffamation, from Latin diffamationem (nominative diffamatio), noun of action from past participle stem of diffamare (see defame).

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