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"defame" in British English

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defameverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈfeɪm/ formal
defamation
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌdef.əˈmeɪ.ʃən/
He is ​suing for defamation of ​character.
defamatory
adjective uk   /dɪˈfæm.ə.tər.i/  us   /-tɔːr-/
He ​claims the ​remarks were highly defamatory.
(Definition of defame from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defame" in American English

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defameverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈfeɪm/
to ​damage someone’s or something’s ​reputation by saying or writing ​bad things that are not ​true: He was behind the ​propagandacampaign to defame his ​politicalopponent.
defamation
noun [U]  us   /ˌdef·əˈmeɪ·ʃən/
(Definition of defame from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"defame" in Business English

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defameverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈfeɪm/ LAW
to ​harm someone's ​reputation by saying or writing ​bad things about them: It is possible to defame a ​company as ​companies are considered to have a ​legal '​personality'.
(Definition of defame from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “defame”
in Chinese (Simplified) 诋毁,中伤,败坏…的名誉…
in Chinese (Traditional) 詆毀,中傷,敗壞…的名譽…
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