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defamatory

[dih-fam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈfæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
containing defamation; injurious to reputation; slanderous or libelous:
She claimed that the article in the magazine was defamatory.
Origin of defamatory
1585-1595
1585-95; < Medieval Latin diffāmātōrius, equivalent to Latin diffāmā(re) (see defame) + -tōrious -tory1
Related forms
nondefamatory, adjective
undefamatory, adjective
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defamatory

/dɪˈfæmətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
injurious to someone's name or reputation
Derived Forms
defamatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for defamatory
adj.

1590s, from Middle French diffamatoire, Medieval Latin diffamatorius "tending to defame," from diffamat-, past participle stem of diffamare (see defame).

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