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’
    • ‘Now he is suffering character assassination through leaks and attacks under parliamentary privilege.’
    • ‘But they do not have the freedom to entertain some people at the expense of some others, and to indulge in character assassination.’
    • ‘The unwarranted accusations could only be seen as character assassination and should have no place in a tribunal, he said.’
    • ‘Towards the end, the campaign took on a markedly personal form with character assassination and mudslinging becoming the order of the day.’
    • ‘In short, this is character assassination by innuendo.’
    • ‘This sort of fraud and calculated character assassination needs to be forthrightly condemned by everyone, irrespective of their political orientation.’
    • ‘Did they get carried away into character assassination?’
    • ‘They have indulged in character assassination, slander and libel, and the sloppiest, least scientific thinking imaginable.’
    • ‘Attempts at character assassination won't work.’
    • ‘And they lost all compunction about tarring the opposition with outright lies and character assassination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite a deceptively calm and authoritative tone, she engages in nothing less than character assassination.’
    • ‘If that is true it is a truly damning confession of character assassination by the man who is the president's most trusted advisor.’
    • ‘Having said that, we in the media must abide by the principles of telling the truth, and not engage in character assassination.’
    • ‘They have run a campaign of character assassination.’
    • ‘The use of abusive language and mudslinging or character assassination should be avoided at any cost.’
    • ‘In his usual manner, he refused to be drawn into politics of insults and character assassination as being perpetuated by some opposition leaders.’
    • ‘A parallel campaign of vilification and character assassination is also being launched against me.’
    • ‘I think in an open democracy people ought to have a right to express themselves without fear of character assassination.’
    • ‘‘Anyone who knows me will recognise the orchestrated campaign of character assassination was a tissue of lies,’ he said.’
    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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