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.

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

defamation, liable, libel, slander (see usage note at liable). Unabridged
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defamation (ˌdɛfəˈmeɪʃən)
1.  law libel Compare slander the injuring of a person's good name or reputation
2.  the act of defaming or state of being defamed

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. diffamation, from L. diffamationem, noun of action from diffamare (see defame).
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Example sentences
Yet, some speech is routinely punished, such as defamation and slander.
This is libel, slander, defamation of character.
You are probably a victim and a perpetrator of this sort of defamation.
To suggest that he "stood paralyzed" with fear is nothing short of
  defamation of character.
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