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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.
See also: character
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In the recent past we have seen such a people who are using stage or rostrum for character assassination of others.
I would urge you, mayor, not to engage in exactly the sort of character assassination of councilors around this table," he said.
Anyone who knows me will recognise that the orchestrated campaign of character assassination was a tissue of lies.
Referring to leaks prior to his being replaced by Theresa May, Mr Davis said: "Vendettas and character assassination have wrecked the last three Conservative leaderships.
As a result, writes Rosminian Father David McClaurin in The Tablet, after Rosmini's death in 1855, "his posthumously published works were picked over," and, "in what must surely be one of church history's most shameless acts of character assassination," a set of "Forty Propositions," taken out of the context of Rosmini's writings and thought, were condemned as heretical by the Holy Office--the predecessor to the CDF--and Rosmini's collected works were banned from Catholic teaching.
In one guest chair sat another monitor in which a succession of painted heads identical to the ones in Captive Audience were subjected to a sort of character assassination.
I know from Berlet's work that he does not approve of illegal activities or character assassination on the part of the A.
The public debate must be free and robust, however, this verdict sends the message that slander and character assassination will not be tolerated under our laws," says Pham's attorney Darrin Rosha of Scherzo and Trio Legal Advisors, PLLC in St.
She told ADC that she has been running a beauty parlour at Range Road while Dr Adnan, along with his wife Naila Adnan and two servants Hamesh and Azim have been involved in a character assassination campaign against her.
Gulalai was a daughter of the soil that was why PTI should avoid for her character assassination, she added.
De Lima said the President should have not resorted to character assassination since they are both professionals and public servants anyway.
Speaking at a election rally, Mullick said, "Left parties had the habit of first resorting to character assassination of a person and then eventually killing him or her.
Stating that his client did not trust the judgement of the Mumbai police even though he respected the Indian judicial system, Rauf's lawyer Syed Ali Zafar said that Rauf would not go to India to contest any trial, adding that the allegations are just a Mumbai police conspiracy to defame Rauf's and Pakistan's name and commit character assassination.
UTTARAKHAND chief minister Vijay Bahuguna on Wednesday accused the BJP of indulging in politics of character assassination.
Like any good book it has its fair share of surprises, but those expecting any sort of a character assassination spree, will be disappointed.