The action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.
Make false and damaging statements about (someone).
noun. calumny - libel - defamation - aspersion - obloquy
verb. defame - calumniate - traduce - vilify - backbite - libel
A published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation.
Defame (someone) by publishing a libel.
noun. slander - defamation - calumny - aspersion - scandal
verb. slander - defame - calumniate - malign - traduce - vilify
1. Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
2. A person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.
cheat - deceit - deception - swindle - humbug - fake
a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions.