character assassination

character assassination
noun Date: 1944 the slandering of a person usually with the intention of destroying public confidence in that person

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • character assassination — character assassinations N VAR A 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 …   English dictionary

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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

  • character assassination — saying things that ruin a person s reputation, muckrake    What did they say about him? It was mainly gossip and character assassination …   English idioms

  • 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 — 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

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