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character assassination

A deliberate attempt to destroy the reputation of a public figure by releasing, revealing, or creating defamatory or damaging information about them. The so-called expose on the senator is character assassination, pure and simple. Releasing those decades-old photos this late in the campaign amounts to character assassination—and it will probably work.
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character assassination

Fig. seriously harming someone's reputation. The review was more than a negative appraisal of his performance. It was total character assassination.
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Longtime Trump friend Roger Stone, who wrote a book alleging that Johnson was the driving force behind KennedyEs assassination, had personally urged the president to make the files public, he told far-right conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones this past week.
Jeish al-Izza issued a statement, accusing the Syrian army and its allies of the assassination attempt, noting that Jeish al-Izza is not pursuing a hostile approach against other groups in Northern Syria.
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The assassination attempt took place on Al-Adel Street in the capital, Sana'a.
Through this petition we reaffirm our devotion to justice in the face of assassination and the need to punish criminals and whatever new crimes they have committed," the statement said.
The statement added that Syria stresses the importance of protecting political leaders in Tunisia against oppression and assassination.
Ennahdha movement president Rached Ghannouchi underlined in statement to TAP news agency, the persistence of attempts to transpose the Egyptian scenario in Tunisia and push the Tunisians to kill each other, indicating that the assassination of Brahmi generated a shock as it comes in a crucial moment at the national and regional levels.
A statement of the office issued today 27, June accused some political parties to "get Nujaifi out from his role in maintaining national and authentic identity of Mosul," calling them to dialogue instead of assassination.
WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of State John Kerry marked here Thursday the eighth anniversary of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri assassination, who was killed together with 22 others by a car bomb in Beirut.
NNA - State Prosecutor, Hatem Madi, held Wednesday a meeting for the judges tasked with investigating assassinations and assassination attempts of politicians and religious men in Lebanon.
Damascus had been singled out as the mastermind of series of assassinations that had bloodied Lebanon between 2005 and 2008 and targeted personalities hostile to the Syrian regime.