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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.
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.
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The nation knows who pulls the strings of these people who carry out the character assassination of others,' he said.
It is also time to sweep away the character assassination deliberately waged against him both during his life and even after his death: he was a great man whom we should - as a nation, and across political boundaries - be proud to salute".
Ijaz Durrani held that billions of rupees were using for the character assassination of president in the name of flood affected people and said that soon they would revealed about the sources of such money.
PHALIA, January 17, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Terming President Asif Ali Zardari as symbol of unity, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Nazar Muhammad Gondal has said that elements involved in the character assassination of the president are enemy of democracy and creation of marshal law.
On Monday, Iqbal had issued a warning to the PPP asking it to halt the character assassination drive against the top PML-N leadership, which was being run through a 'cell' in the presidency, in association with the MQM.
I AM utterly disgusted at the character assassination of Dafydd Iwan following the disabled parking occurrence on Gwynedd Council premises.
The character assassination of Arthur Scargill still ongoing - so he didn't have a vote, was our Prime Minister voted in democratically?
American voters seem tired of the character assassination politics of the past.
Dr Pugh said: "It was the right decision in the circumstances, but I feel concern about the character assassination Ming has suffered on account of his age.
BRIAN KIDD is considering legal action against Sir Alex Ferguson over the character assassination of him in his autobiography.
Newman shatters the character assassination by Herbert Deane in The Political Ideas of Harold Laski, published in 1955.
He alleged that government resources were being used to get articles written and published "for the character assassination of Nawaz Sharif and other (PML-N) leaders" in what he called a violation of a commitment against resort to such practices in the Charter of Democracy, The Dawn reported.
It is very easy to get consumed by the character assassination stuff that is going on,' he said.
Moreover,it could be argued that Kilroy's comments pale into insignificance when compared to the character assassination of our nation and the American nation by the Arab Al-Jazeeranews network before,during,and after, theIraqi conflict.
PHALIA, January 17, 2010 (Frontier Star): Terming President Asif Ali Zardari as symbol of unity, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Nazar Muhammad Gondal has said that elements involved in the character assassination of the president are enemy of democracy and creation of marshal law.