ETYM French abus, Latin abusus, from abuti. Related to Abuse.
1. Cruel or inhumane treatment
2. Improper or excessive use
3. A rude expression intended to offend or hurt; SYN. insult, revilement, contumely.
ETYM Latin aspersio, from aspergere: cf. French aspersion.
1. A disparaging remark; SYN. slur.
2. The act of defaming; SYN. calumny, slander, defamation.
3. The act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare); SYN. sprinkling.
The practice of complaining about others behind their backs.
ETYM Latin calumnia, from calvi to devise tricks, deceive; cf. French calomnie. Related to Challenge.
1. False accusation of a crime or offense, maliciously made or reported, to the injury of another.
2. Malicious misrepresentation; slander; detraction.
Sinonimi: eternal damnation
ETYM French damnation, Latin damnatio, from damnare. Related to Damn.
1. The act of damning.
2. The state of being condemned to eternal punishment in Hell; SYN. eternal damnation.
In Christian and Muslim belief, a state of eternal punishment which will be undergone by those who are not worthy of salvation; sometimes equated with hell.
ETYM Old Eng. diffamacioun, French diffamation. Related to Defame.
A malicious attack; SYN. calumny, obloquy, traducement, hatchet job.
Injury to character; calumny.
In law, an attack on a person's reputation by libel or slander.
Sinonimi: petty criticism
ETYM French détraction, Latin detractio.
A petty disparagement; SYN. petty criticism.
1. A lessening of reputation or esteem especially by envious, malicious, or petty criticism; belittling, disparagement.
2. A taking away.
ETYM Latin libellus a little book, pamphlet, libel, lampoon, dim. of liber the liber or inner bark of a tree.
A tort consisting of false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person.
In law, defamation published in a permanent form, such as in a newspaper, book, or broadcast.
A libel may be directed to a living or a dead person; either may be actionable. A person is defamed when publication of false and malicious statements hold the person up to public scorn, hatred, contempt, or ridicule, or impugn a person's capacity to perform a job. Truth of a published statement is a defense against an action for libel. With respect to public officials and public figures, the press has some protection against actions for libel in that malice and reckless disregard for the truth must be shown. See also slander.
ETYM Latin obloquium, from obloqui. Related to Oblocutor.
The state of disgrace resulting from public abuse; SYN. opprobrium.
Censure; calumny; slander; disgrace.
ETYM Old Eng. sclandere, Old Fren. esclandre, esclandle, escandre, French esclandre, from Latin scandalum, Greek skandalon a snare, stumbling block, offense, scandal. Related to Scan, Scandal.
Words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another.
Spoken defamatory statement; if written, or broadcast on radio or television, it constitutes libel.
A slander must involve making false statements and be shown to damage the person defamed.