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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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I and many others from all walks of life will miss Ron Davies, and the character assassins in the tabloid media will have to look elsewhere for someone to hound and des t roy.
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I have visions of these online character assassins today lolling in the lap of luxury, enjoying an exotic vacation on some romantic island while their victims reel from the assault on their integrity, still wondering what hit them.
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.