Definition for DEF-A-MA'TION

DEF-A-MA'TION, n. [See Defame.]

The uttering of slanderous words with a view to injure another's reputation; the malicious uttering of falsehood respecting another which tends to destroy or impair his good name, character or occupation; slander; calumny. To constitute defamation in law, the words must be false and spoken maliciously. Defamatory words written and published are called a libel – Blackstone.

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