Adjective "defame" definition and examples

(Defame may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Damage the good reputation of (someone); slander or libel.
  1. 'She alleged that the article defamed her both personally and in her office as a magistrate and pleaded 3 false innuendos.'
  2. 'The plaintiff's representatives indicated that if they sued everyone who defamed him the case would go on for years.'
  3. 'Should you feel some politician or other grievously abuses / defames you under parliamentary privilege, do not expect an automatic right to defend yourself in the official written record of parliament.'
  4. 'This " cyber terrorism " is not only designed to slander and defame opponents, but also attacks their characters and threatens their properties and even family members.'
  5. 'In the absence of that, it seems to me a political view that doesn't vilify anybody, doesn't defame anybody.'
  6. 'People expect journalists to be careful when they write articles, but, unless they defame a person, they are not liable in negligence to somebody who may be affected by their article, because they do not owe that person a duty of care.'
  7. 'Well, if that proposition is right, it means that if Justinian happens to make a mistake and defames some lawyer, then it has qualified privilege as long as it publishes its mistake in good faith, no matter how serious the defamation.'
  8. 'A legal expert here yesterday said that people who were e-mailing details of the allegations to friends and colleagues were engaging in libel, by defaming the players.'
  9. 'As far as I am concerned, with the weight of a 40-year journalistic and editing career behind me, this statement libels and defames me, and could form the basis of a suit at law.'
  10. 'Two days later, I had hand-delivered to me a solicitor's letter making accusations against me that I had defamed the client.'

More definitions

1. to attack the good name or reputation of, as by uttering or publishing maliciously or falsely anything injurious; slander or libel; calumniate: The newspaper editorial defamed the politician.

2. Archaic. to disgrace; bring dishonor upon.

3. Archaic. to accuse.

More examples(as adjective)

"courts can be defame."


Middle English: from Old French diffamer, from Latin diffamare ‘spread evil report’, from dis- (expressing removal) + fama ‘report’.