What does the word defamation mean?

Usage examples for defamation

  1. She slandered everybody, and reflected on every woman who was unfortunate enough to know us, so that I was sued twice for defamation- or rather she- with verdict and damages, all that I could do being to hold up my hands and tell the judge she wasn't answerable for her actions. – Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas by Lloyd Osbourne
  2. I was very much shocked on reflection, that I might possibly be the occasion of a whole family's unhappiness on account of the letter I had written; but was eased of that apprehension, when I understood that the Chelsea apothecary had commenced a lawsuit against the printer for defamation, and looked upon the whole as a piece of forgery committed by the author, who had disappeared. – The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
  3. It has been customary of late, in reaction against the defamation of Raleigh in the eighteenth century, to protest that gold was not his chief aim in the Guiana enterprise, but that his main wish, under cover of the search for gold, was to form a South American colony for England, and to open out the west to general commerce. – Raleigh by Edmund Gosse