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Meaning of "defamatory" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF DEFAMATORY

defamatory  [dɪˈfæmətərɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DEFAMATORY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Defamatory is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES DEFAMATORY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Defamation

Defamation—also called calumny, vilification, or traducement—is the communication of a false statement that harms the reputation of an individual, business, product, group, government, religion, or nation. Most jurisdictions allow legal action to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against groundless criticism. Under common law, to constitute defamation, a claim must generally be false and have been made to someone other than the person defamed. Some common law jurisdictions also distinguish between spoken defamation, called slander, and defamation in other media such as printed words or images, called libel. False light laws protect against statements which are not technically false but misleading. In some civil law jurisdictions, defamation is treated as a crime rather than a civil wrong. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights ruled in 2012 that the criminalization of libel violates freedom of expression and is inconsistent with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. A person who defames another may be called a "defamer", "famacide", "libeler" or "slanderer".

Definition of defamatory in the English dictionary

The definition of defamatory in the dictionary is injurious to someone's name or reputation.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DEFAMATORY


acclamatory
əˈklæmətərɪ
amatory
ˈæmətərɪ
chrismatory
ˈkrɪzmətərɪ
confirmatory
kənˈfɜːmətərɪ
consummatory
kənˈsʌmətərɪ
crematory
ˈkrɛmətərɪ
declamatory
dɪˈklæmətərɪ
desquamatory
dɪˈskwæmətərɪ
dogmatory
ˈdɒɡmətərɪ
exclamatory
ɪkˈsklæmətərɪ
fumatory
ˈfjuːmətərɪ
inflammatory
ɪnˈflæmətərɪ
informatory
ɪnˈfɔːmətərɪ
lachrymatory
ˈlækrɪmətərɪ
lacrimatory
ˈlækrɪmətərɪ
lacrymatory
ˈlækrɪmətərɪ
noninflammatory
ˌnɒnɪnˈflæmətərɪ
performatory
pəˈfɔːmətərɪ
proclamatory
prəˈklæmətərɪ
reformatory
rɪˈfɔːmətərɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DEFAMATORY

defacement
defacer
defaecate
defaecation
defaecator
defalcate
defalcation
defalcator
defamation
defamatorily
defame
defamer
defang
defast
defaste
defat
default
default option
defaulter
defaulting

WORDS THAT END LIKE DEFAMATORY

ambulatory
anti-inflammatory
circulatory
conservatory
derogatory
directory
discriminatory
explanatory
exploratory
laboratory
mandatory
migratory
obligatory
observatory
oscillatory
participatory
predatory
preparatory
regulatory
research laboratory
respiratory

Synonyms and antonyms of defamatory in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DEFAMATORY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «defamatory» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of defamatory

Translation of «defamatory» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DEFAMATORY

Find out the translation of defamatory to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of defamatory from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «defamatory» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

诽谤
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

difamatorio
570 millions of speakers

English

defamatory
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

मानहानिकारक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

التشهير
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

дискредитирующим
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

difamatório
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মানহানিকর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

diffamatoire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Memfitnah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

diffamierend
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

中傷的な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

명예 훼손
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Defamatory
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

làm hại danh dự
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தீங்கான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

बदनामीकारक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

lekeleyen
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

diffamatorio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

oszczercze
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дискредитує
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

defăimător
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δυσφημιστικό
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lasterlik
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

nedsättande
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ærekrenkende
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of defamatory

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DEFAMATORY»

The term «defamatory» is very widely used and occupies the 18.137 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DEFAMATORY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about defamatory

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DEFAMATORY»

Discover the use of defamatory in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to defamatory and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Studies Out in Left Field: Defamatory Essays Presented to ...
Transformational Grammar's Underground Classic!
Arnold M. Zwicky, Peter H. Salus, Robert I. Binnick, 1992
2
Essentials of Law for Health Professionals
The defamatory statement need only be communicated to one other person. That the information communicated was the truth will not always amount to a sufficient defence. There is no action for defamation in relation to defaming a person who ...
Kim Forrester, Debra Griffiths, 2009
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Torts
A. Injury to reputation: To be defamatory, a statement must have a tendency to harm the reputation of the plaintiff. Rest. 2d, §559. 1. Special activity of plaintiff: The particular business carried on by the plaintiff may be significant in determining ...
Steven Emanuel, Lazar Emanuel, 2008
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Media Law in South Africa
The essential elements of defamation by the media therefore are: – Unlawfulness – Fault (in the form of intention or negligence) – Publication – Defamatory matter – A plaintiff. I. Defamatory Matter 109. In general, defamatory matter is in the ...
Robert Brand, Robert Brand (senior lecturer.), 2011
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Tort Law: Text and Materials
A defamatory statement is one which has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to a person's reputation. An injurious statement which does not impugn the claimant's reputation may yet be actionable under the independent tort of malicious ...
Mark Lunney, Ken Oliphant, 2013
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Communications Law: Liberties, Restraints, and the Modern Media
Threat to Reputation Note that a statement is not considered defamatory simply because the affected person himself doesn't agree with it, doesn't like it, is annoyed or embarrassed by it, finds it unflattering, or believes that it is less than ...
John Zelezny, 2010
7
Employment Libel and Privacy Law 2010
If a statement is ambiguous in that it is reasonably susceptible to either a defamatory or non-defamatory interpretation, the jury must determine how a reasonable person would construe the statement. Shepard v. Shurz Commc'n, 847 N.E.2d ...
Media Law Resource Center, 2010
8
Tort Law: Text, Cases, and Materials
4.1 defamatory meaning A Basic 'Definition' Lord Atkin, Sim v Stretch [1936] 2 All ER 1237 Judges and textbook writers alike have found difficulty in defining with precision the word “defamatory.” The conventional phrase exposing the plaintiff ...
Jenny Steele, 2010
9
The Law of Arrest for Merchants and Private Security Personnel
the plaintiff will not deprive the plaintiff of his right to recovery.17 If the publisher had no intent to defame the plaintiff, but the recipient nevertheless understood the words in a sense that would make them defamatory of the plaintiff, it is essential ...
John Gilroy, 2013
10
Universal's Master Guide to Judicial Service Examination
Essentials of defamation To succeed in an action for defamation, the plaintiff must prove the following essentials: (a) That the statement was false and defamatory. ( b) That it referred to the plaintiff. (c) That it was published. (a) False and ...
Gaurac Mehta

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DEFAMATORY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term defamatory is used in the context of the following news items.
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Las Vegas lawyer Adam Kutner sues over 'defamatory and offending …
Adam Kutner has filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. in his attempt to remove “defamatory and offending postings” about him from the Internet. «Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jul 15»
2
My questions on Umno Youth leader's role in Mara scandal not …
... Datuk Khairul Azwan Haron in Mara's controversial property buys in Melbourne is not defamatory, despite threats by the Umno Youth deputy ... «The Malaysian Insider, Jul 15»
3
Twin Peaks Bikers Send 'Cease and Desist All Defamation' Letter to …
It continues, “Motorcycle Riders are aware that you have engaged in spreading false, destructive, and defamatory rumors about them.”. «Breitbart News, Jul 15»
4
Have companies lost their legal right to defend their reputations?
The effect of defamatory allegations against a business is often insidious, hard to track, and even harder to quantify (particularly in purely ... «PR Week, Jul 15»
5
Rory McIlroy confirms he will not take part in The Open after ankle …
COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently ... «Belfast Telegraph, Jul 15»
6
Ni Chuilin meets Sport NI board
COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently ... «Belfast Telegraph, Jul 15»
7
Police probe property 'pay-off'
COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently ... «Belfast Telegraph, Jul 15»
8
Libellous academic loses appeal
The Court of Appeal also declined to interfere with a permanent injunction requiring Rancourt to remove the defamatory posts and not republish ... «Ottawa Sun, Jul 15»
9
DG Vanzara files Rs 101 crore suit against author for defamatory
Family sources said that the book has several defamatory remarks against Vanzara without any basis. Besides, the sources said that there will ... «NYOOOZ, Jul 15»
10
Defamatory reports can affect nation's credibility, economy, says …
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin wants reports against the prime minister to cease as it can affect the country's economy and credibility. «The Malaysian Insider, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Defamatory [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/defamatory>. Mar 2020 ».
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