Defamation is a dirty trick against someone's reputation. If you were so furious at your friend that you spread a rumor that he was still wetting his bed, that would be defamation of your friend.

The noun defamation describes something very mean and completely deliberate, essentially a false accusation against someone or an attack on a person's good reputation. The terms libel and slander — written or spoken lies about a person, group, or business — both fall under the category of defamation. Sometimes defamation is even a punishable crime, and in every instance it's unkind and malicious.

Definitions of defamation
  1. noun
    an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
    synonyms: aspersion, calumny, denigration, slander
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    type of:
    strong criticism
  2. noun
    a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
    synonyms: calumniation, calumny, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement
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    assassination, blackwash, character assassination
    an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
    malignment, smear, vilification
    slanderous defamation
    a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
    name calling, names
    verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument
    epithet, name
    a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
    slanderous remarks or charges
    smear word
    an epithet that can be used to smear someone's reputation
    type of:
    depreciation, derogation, disparagement
    a communication that belittles somebody or something
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