defamation vs deformation : Common Errors in English

About defamation vs deformation

Someone who defames you, seeking to destroy your reputation (making you ill-famed), is engaging in defamation of character. Only if someone succeeded in actually making you a worse person could you claim that they had deformed your character.

defamation Meaning(s)

  • (n) a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
  • (n) an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

deformation Meaning(s)

  • (n) a change for the worse
  • (n) alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it
  • (n) the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)

defamation in News

  1. 'Pink slime' lawsuit heads back to state court

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday moved a South Dakota beef processing company's defamation lawsuit against ABC News back to state court.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Fine pursues defamation suit against ESPN

    Former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine has filed a $11 million defamation lawsuit against ESPN, according to a report.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Morning Call

  3. Fine pursues suit against ESPN

    Former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine has filed a $11 million defamation lawsuit against ESPN, according to a report.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The SportsXchange via Yahoo! Sports

deformation in News

  1. Guest Post: Social Security: The New Deal’s Fiscal Ponzi

    Submitted by David Stockman via the Ludwig von Mises Institute , [Excerpt from THE GREAT DEFORMATION: The Corruption of Capitalism in America by David A. Stockman . Published by PublicAffairs.] The Social Security Act of 1935 had virtually nothing to do with ending the depression, and if anything it had a contractionary impact. Payroll taxes began in 1937 while regular benefit payments did not ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Zero Hedge

  2. Paul Krugman on Why David Stockman Is a Crank

    By Diane Lincoln Estes Watch Video Paul Solman recently sat down with with Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman. Earlier we posted an excerpt from our interview with David Stockman, the former politician and businessman who's out with a much talked about book, "The Great Deformation." Stockman made the case that the 19th century American economic system was far superior to today's thanks to ...
    on June 7, 2013 Source: The Online NewsHour

  3. Why David Stockman Yearns for 19th Century America

    By Diane Lincoln Estes Watch Video David Stockman, budget director under President Reagan, spoke to Paul Solman on The PBS NewsHour Tuesday. As regular readers already know, we recently aired an interview with David Stockman, the former budget director under President Reagan and private equity player, about his book, "The Great Deformation." You can find the transcript here. For a response we ...
    on June 6, 2013 Source: The Online NewsHour

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