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defamatory: see defame below.
defame: 1. disgrace; 2. to harm the reputation of by libel or slander.
libel: a statement or representation published without just cause and tending to expose another to public contempt.
slander: the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation.
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Updated May 25 2015.
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