to damage the reputation of a person or a group of people by saying (=slander) or writing (=libel) bad things about them which are not true The right to free speech does not imply the right to defame us
- He was found guilty of having defamed Judge Stevens.
- It is not required that the person defamed heard or read the remark.
- Ms Clinton considered that she had been defamed.
- There was no intention to defame.
- Defame is a general term while libel and slander describe specific ways of defaming another person.