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defamation

[def′əmā′shən]
Etymology: L, diffamare, to discredit
any communication, written or spoken, that is untrue and that injures the good name or reputation of another or that in any way brings that person into disrepute.

defamation

(dĕf″ă-mā′shŭn)
In law, an act of communication that is a quasi-intentional tort (civil wrong) that occurs when one person communicates false information to another person that injures or harms a third person who, as a result, is shamed, held in contempt, ridiculed, loses status or reputation in the community, or experiences loss of employment or of earnings. Oral defamation is slander. Written defamation is libel.

defamation (def´əmā´shən),

n the act of detracting from the reputation of another. The offense of injuring a person's reputation by false and malicious statements.
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6) It is generally recognized that institutions, including private corporations, may seek and, if they prove elements such as falsity and "publication," obtain recovery for slander and libel, which are the oral and written forms respectively of defamation.
Each incident is retraced, analyzed carefully in plain terms, with a summary of lessons learned about how to deal with public relations crises, keep a positive image, avoid slander and libel, and respond appropriately when bad things happen.
He is expected to pay court costs and compensation worth a reported pounds 100,000 to settle slander and libel proceedings brought by the ex-Tory minister and his wife .
One can slander and libel the Queen, the Pope and the British, yet one must not say a word against an Arab or Muslim.