Etymology
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defamatory (adj.)

"containing defamation, caluminous, injurious to reputation," 1590s, from French diffamatoire, Medieval Latin diffamatorius "tending to defame," from diffamat-, past-participle stem of diffamare"to spread abroad by ill report, make a scandal of," from dis-, here probably suggestive of ruination, + fama "a report, rumor" (from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say"). Earlier in the same sense was defamative (c. 1500).

Origin and meaning of defamatory

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Definitions of defamatory

defamatory (adj.)
(used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign;
Synonyms: calumniatory / calumnious / denigrative / denigrating / denigratory / libellous / libelous / slanderous
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