character assassination

(redirected from character assassin)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

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.
See also: character

character assassination

Fig. seriously harming someone's reputation. The review was more than a negative appraisal of his performance. It was total character assassination.
See also: character
References in periodicals archive ?
With the advent of the Enron scandal, I wonder where all the shrill-screeching, right-wing character assassins like Tom DeLay, Dan Burton and the myriad others of their ilk are.