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Synonyms for character assassination

the expression of injurious, malicious statements about someone

Synonyms for character assassination

an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation

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Shame on any publication that would print this-and shame on the politically motivated, morally bankrupt character assassins that would attempt to sully a man's good name.
In this world where character assassins hide behind the cowardly cloak of anonymity, it takes a certain courage to put out ideas, to venture an essay, with your name and photo attached to the piece.
Alternative policy choices must be assessed instead of allowing bipolar armies of ideologues, partisan groups and character assassins run amok.
This tirade bears all the hallmarks of the O'Reilly Factor host's current act: demonized opponents, over-the-top rhetoric, and an intensely personal preoccupation with alleged character assassins.
That's clearly not a universal point of view, however, because David Beckham received at best grudging praise when he stood down as England captain following England's World Cup elimination - and many of Fleet Street's character assassins pounced upon the tone of the resignation statement as confirmation that he was never cut out to follow in the footsteps of Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Tony Adams et al.