Def·a·ma·tion n. Act of injuring another's reputation by any slanderous communication, written or oral; the wrong of maliciously injuring the good name of another; slander; detraction; calumny; aspersion.
Note: ☞ In modern usage, written defamation bears the title of libel, and oral defamation that of slander.
n 1: a malicious attack [syn: calumny, obloquy, traducement,
2: an abusive attack on a person's character or good name [syn:
aspersion, calumny, slander, denigration]