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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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Nasrallah also sounded the alarm that such an assassination is a serious indicator for a likely dangerous course of events in Tripoli, in particular, and Lebanon in general.
It was the second political assassination in Tunisia since February the same year, when Chokri Belaid, another opposition leader was gunned down, and quickly incited protests blaming Ennahda, the Islamist party that leads the government.
The Ministry pointed out that the political assassination of the opposition politician Chokri Belaid, and then Brahmi, exposes the reference of the perpetrators and their political identity and criminal nature.
For his part, President of Nid Tounes movement Beji Caid Essebsi described as "a great tragedy" the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi, saying this act was not excluded after the crimes which cost the lives of the martyrs Lotfi Naguedh and Chokri Belaid.
Euzal added that his father had not wanted further investigation of the assassination attempt he had survived, fearing it could spark a period of instability in the country.
This news came two days after Lebanon delivered a report to the STL informing it that it was unable to arrest the four suspects in Hariri's assassination, AN NAHAR reported.
The joint investigation team into Bhutto's assassination has interrogated former intelligence bureau chief Brig.
According to Georgievski, the two questions crucial for clearing up the assassination attempt are Macedonia's independence, that is to say, who saw Gligorov as an obstacle in a period when the country finally confirmed its independence and Gligorov had the entire power while the Government was of minor importance.
He said they prove Israel was tracking his movements for purposes of assassination.
She had been the victim of several assassination attempts in the past, and had accused a group of senior politicians and security officials of conspiring to kill her.
Even though it happened four decades ago, the Kennedy Assassination still holds heavy weight on today's America.
are 13 percentage points more likely following the assassination of an autocrat than following a failed attempt on an autocrat.
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was a traumatizing event to his legions of supporters, a bitter triumph for his many detractors, opened up the southern states to a repressive 'Reconstruction Era' that would have an adverse impact which would last for generations, and became a part of the transformation of an American president into an American legend.
Churches in Pakistan have condemned the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto while appealing for international help in eradicating terrorism in their country.
Before dying, Litvinenko, a former officer in the Russian FSB (successor to the Soviet KGB), charged Putin with responsibility for ordering his assassination by poisoning.