- character assassinationsN-VARA character assassination is a deliberate attempt to destroy someone's reputation, especially by criticizing them in an unfair and dishonest way when they are not present.
A full-scale character assassination of the dead woman got underway in the tabloid press.
English dictionary. 2008.
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Character assassination — is an attempt to tarnish a person s reputation. It may involve exaggeration, misleading half truths, or manipulation of facts to present an untrue picture of the targeted person. It is a form of defamation and can be a form of ad hominem argument … Wikipedia
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character assassination — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms character assassination : singular character assassination plural character assassinations the deliberate and unfair destruction of someone s reputation … English dictionary
character assassination — noun an attack intended to ruin someone s reputation • Syn: ↑assassination, ↑blackwash • Derivationally related forms: ↑assassinate (for: ↑assassination) • Hypernyms: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
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character assassination — character assassi nation noun count or uncount the deliberate and unfair destruction of someone s reputation … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
character assassination — Synonyms and related words: attack, backbiting, backstabbing, belittlement, blackening, calumny, defamation, defamation of character, defilement, denigration, depreciation, dirt, dirty politics, disparagement, gossip column, juicy morsel, last… … Moby Thesaurus
character assassination — noun Date: 1944 the slandering of a person usually with the intention of destroying public confidence in that person … New Collegiate Dictionary
character assassination — a slandering attack, esp. one intended to damage the reputation of a public or political figure. [1945 50] * * * … Universalium
character assassination — noun a malicious verbal assault designed to damage the reputation of a public figure Syn: smear campaign, swiftboating … Wiktionary