The Closing Word: Defamatory

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (dee-FAM-uh-TOR-ee)

(used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign

From “Defamatory words — that is, words which defame — are words that can cause real damage. If someone said you were a secret unicorn hunter, that would be a silly, not defamatory, lie. If someone said you were a thief or a traitor, and you weren’t, that would be defamatory.”

“Real estate agents are especially vulnerable to defamatory comments, as their business depends upon a solid reputation.”

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