Definition of character assassination in English:

character assassination


mass noun
  • The malicious and unjustified harming of a person's good reputation.

    ‘all too often they discredit themselves by engaging in character assassination’
    • ‘Despite a deceptively calm and authoritative tone, she engages in nothing less than character assassination.’
    • ‘A parallel campaign of vilification and character assassination is also being launched against me.’
    • ‘The unwarranted accusations could only be seen as character assassination and should have no place in a tribunal, he said.’
    • ‘In short, this is character assassination by innuendo.’
    • ‘And to suggest that character assassination is a recent import into politics is to forget that rivalry and its associated black arts are as old as politics itself.’
    • ‘If that is true it is a truly damning confession of character assassination by the man who is the president's most trusted advisor.’
    • ‘Attempts at character assassination won't work.’
    • ‘But they do not have the freedom to entertain some people at the expense of some others, and to indulge in character assassination.’
    • ‘In his usual manner, he refused to be drawn into politics of insults and character assassination as being perpetuated by some opposition leaders.’
    • ‘They have indulged in character assassination, slander and libel, and the sloppiest, least scientific thinking imaginable.’
    • ‘‘Anyone who knows me will recognise the orchestrated campaign of character assassination was a tissue of lies,’ he said.’
    • ‘Did they get carried away into character assassination?’
    • ‘And they lost all compunction about tarring the opposition with outright lies and character assassination.’
    • ‘I think in an open democracy people ought to have a right to express themselves without fear of character assassination.’
    • ‘Having said that, we in the media must abide by the principles of telling the truth, and not engage in character assassination.’
    • ‘This sort of fraud and calculated character assassination needs to be forthrightly condemned by everyone, irrespective of their political orientation.’
    • ‘They have run a campaign of character assassination.’
    • ‘Now he is suffering character assassination through leaks and attacks under parliamentary privilege.’
    • ‘Towards the end, the campaign took on a markedly personal form with character assassination and mudslinging becoming the order of the day.’
    • ‘The use of abusive language and mudslinging or character assassination should be avoided at any cost.’
    vilification, disparagement, denigration, defamation, defamation of character, abuse, vituperation, condemnation, criticism, censure, castigation, denunciation, flak, deprecation, opprobrium, obloquy, derogation, slander, revilement, reviling, calumny, calumniation, slurs, smears, execration, excoriation, lambasting, upbraiding, bad press, attack, invective, libel, insults, slights, curses
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