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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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Salleh pointed out that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who had been a target of the dirty political game had shown commendable attitude by rejecting the politics of character assassination.
IANS New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday was told that there was no"substantive material"that can cast doubt on the probe into the assassination of father of nation Mahatma Gandhi, including its conspiracy angle, to warrant any re-investigation.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday was told that there was no "substantive material" that can cast doubt on the probe into the assassination of father of nation Mahatma Gandhi, including its conspiracy angle, to warrant any re-investigation.
The National Archives has until Thursday to disclose the remaining files related to KennedyEs 1963 assassination. The trove is expected to include more than 3,000 documents that have never been seen by the public and more than 30,000 that have been previously released but with redactions.
Security forces arrested several suspects on Saturday in the failed assassination attempt of former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, according to state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.