damaging to someones reputation, especially if untrue
See Also: defamation

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  • defamatory — de·fam·a·to·ry /di fa mə ˌtōr ē/ adj: tending to disgrace or lower public opinion of a person or to harm a person s reputation Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. defamatory …   Law dictionary

  • Defamatory — De*fam a*to*ry, a. Containing defamation; injurious to reputation; calumnious; slanderous; as, defamatory words; defamatory writings. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defamatory — UK US /dɪˈfæmətəri/ US  /dɪˈfæmətɔri/ adjective LAW ► likely to harm someone s reputation: »defamatory remarks/statements/allegations »She said the story was completely untrue and highly defamatory …   Financial and business terms

  • defamatory — 1590s, from M.Fr. diffamatoire, M.L. diffamatorius tending to defame, from diffamat , pp. stem of diffamare (see DEFAME (Cf. defame)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • defamatory — [adj] libelous, slanderous abusive, calumnious, contumelious, denigrating, derogatory, detracting, detractive, disparaging, injurious, insulting, maligning, opprobrious, traducing, vilifying, vituperative; concepts 267,537 Ant. approving,… …   New thesaurus

  • defamatory — [dē fam′ə tôr΄ē, difam΄ə tôr΄ē] adj. [ML diffamatorius] defaming or tending to defame; slanderous …   English World dictionary

  • defamatory — Calumnious; containing defamation; injurious to reputation; libelous; slanderous. See defamation @ defamatory libel Written, permanent form of defamation as contrasted with slander which is oral defamation. See libel @ defamatory per quod… …   Black's law dictionary

  • defamatory — [[t]dɪfæ̱mətri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ GRADED Speech or writing that is defamatory is likely to damage someone s good reputation by saying something bad and untrue about them. [FORMAL] The article was highly defamatory. Syn: slanderous …   English dictionary

  • defamatory — /di fam euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. containing defamation; injurious to reputation; slanderous or libelous: She claimed that the article in the magazine was defamatory. [1585 95; < ML diffamatorius, equiv. to L diffama(re) (see DEFAME) + torious… …   Universalium

  • defamatory — adj. Defamatory is used with these nouns: ↑allegation, ↑remark …   Collocations dictionary

  • defamatory — de|fam|a|to|ry [ dı fæmə,tɔri ] adjective FORMAL defamatory remarks make people have a bad opinion of someone and are not true …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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