character assassination

character assassination
noun
an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
Syn: ↑assassination, ↑blackwash
Derivationally related forms: ↑assassinate (for: ↑assassination)
Hypernyms: ↑defamation, ↑calumny, ↑calumniation, ↑obloquy, ↑traducement, ↑hatchet job

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noun [noncount]
: the act of saying false things about a person usually in order to make the public stop liking or trusting that person

None of those rumors are true. She's been the victim of character assassination.


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