Definition of character assassination in US English:

character assassination


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

    • ‘In his usual manner, he refused to be drawn into politics of insults and character assassination as being perpetuated by some opposition leaders.’
    • ‘‘Anyone who knows me will recognise the orchestrated campaign of character assassination was a tissue of lies,’ he said.’
    • ‘Having said that, we in the media must abide by the principles of telling the truth, and not engage in character assassination.’
    • ‘The unwarranted accusations could only be seen as character assassination and should have no place in a tribunal, he said.’
    • ‘They have run a campaign of character assassination.’
    • ‘Now he is suffering character assassination through leaks and attacks under parliamentary privilege.’
    • ‘Attempts at character assassination won't work.’
    • ‘A parallel campaign of vilification and character assassination is also being launched against me.’
    • ‘Towards the end, the campaign took on a markedly personal form with character assassination and mudslinging becoming the order of the day.’
    • ‘Did they get carried away into character assassination?’
    • ‘They have indulged in character assassination, slander and libel, and the sloppiest, least scientific thinking imaginable.’
    • ‘This sort of fraud and calculated character assassination needs to be forthrightly condemned by everyone, irrespective of their political orientation.’
    • ‘I think in an open democracy people ought to have a right to express themselves without fear of character assassination.’
    • ‘In short, this is character assassination by innuendo.’
    • ‘And they lost all compunction about tarring the opposition with outright lies and character assassination.’
    • ‘The use of abusive language and mudslinging or character assassination should be avoided at any cost.’
    • ‘But they do not have the freedom to entertain some people at the expense of some others, and to indulge in 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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character assassination

/ˈker(ə)ktər əˌsasnˈāSHən/