What does character assassination mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. character assassination, assassination, blackwash(noun)

    an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation


  1. character assassination(Noun)

    a malicious verbal assault designed to damage the reputation of a public figure


  1. Character assassination

    Character assassination is a deliberate and sustained process that aims to destroy the credibility and reputation of a person, institution, social group, or nation. Agents of character assassinations employ a mix of open and covert methods to achieve their goals, such as raising false accusations, planting and fostering rumours, and manipulating information. Character assassination is an attempt to tarnish a person's reputation. It may involve exaggeration, misleading half-truths, or manipulation of facts to present an untrue picture of the targeted person. It is a form of defamation and can be a form of ad hominem argument. For living individuals targeted by character assassination attempts, this may result in being rejected by his community, family, or members of his or her living or work environment. Such acts are often difficult to reverse or rectify, and the process is likened to a literal assassination of a human life. The damage sustained can last a lifetime or, for historical figures, for many centuries after their death. In practice, character assassination may involve doublespeak, spreading of rumours, innuendo or deliberate misinformation on topics relating to the subject's morals, integrity, and reputation. It may involve spinning information that is technically true, but that is presented in a misleading manner or is presented without the necessary context. For example, it might be said that a person refused to pay any income tax during a specific year, without saying that no tax was actually owed due to the person having no income that year, or that a person was sacked from a firm, even though he may have been made redundant through no fault of his own, rather than being terminated for cause.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of character assassination in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of character assassination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Brent Bozell:

    The character assassination underway against Christians is something that five years ago was unimaginable.

  2. Richard Burr:

    We feel part of our responsibility is to educate the rest of the world about what's going on because it's now into character assassination of candidates.

  3. Reporter Michelle Fields:

    Yesterday they released a statement calling me a liar. They have basically done a character assassination on me, they're linking to blogs with conspiracies about me, and they're not telling the truth.

  4. Andrew Miltenberg:

    We remain confident in our position that Columbia violated Mr. Nungesser's rights, no individual should be victimized by a campaign of character assassination that is not only tolerated but promoted by the very institution that found him to be innocent.

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Translations for character assassination

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  • assassinat de caractèreFrench

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