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verb [T]     /dɪˈfeɪm/ formal
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. → Compare libel, slander nounDamaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing defamation     /ˌdef.əˈmeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] He is suing for defamation of character.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing defamatory     /dɪˈfæm.ə.tər.i/ US  /-tɔːr-/ adjective He claims the remarks were highly defamatory.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
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