defamation vs deformation :

defamation or 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.

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Definitions

  • 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

  • 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)
News & Articles

  • '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.
    June 13, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News
  • '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.
    June 13, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News
  • Fine pursues suit against ESPN
    Former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine has filed a $11 million defamation lawsuit against ESPN, according to a report.
    June 12, 2013 - The SportsXchange via Yahoo! Sports

  • Martian Dry Ice Gliders
    Glaciers move, or flow, downhill due to gravity and the internal deformation of ice on Earth. It is not the same when there is dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide). NASA research indicates hunks of frozen carbon dioxide -- dry ice -- may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go. Researchers deduced this process could explain one ...
    June 14, 2013 - Environmental News Network
  • 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 ...
    June 10, 2013 - Zero Hedge
  • 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 ...
    June 10, 2013 - Zero Hedge