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English definition of “character assassination”

character assassination

noun [C or U]    
an intentional attempt to spoil the reputation of a person by criticizing them severely, especially unfairly, in the newspapers or on televisionDamaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
(Definition of character assassination noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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