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defame

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈfeɪm/ formal us  
to damage the reputation of a person or group by saying or writing bad things about them that are not true: Mr Turnock claimed the editorial had defamed him. Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
defamation
noun [U] uk   /ˌdef.əˈmeɪ.ʃən/ us  
He is suing for defamation of character.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
defamatory
adjective uk   /dɪˈfæm.ə.tər.i/ us    /-tɔːr-/
He claims the remarks were highly defamatory.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
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