Jan 21, 2018
biopic- a biographical movie
defamation - law - : the act of communicating false statements about a person that injure the reputation of that person : the act of defaming another : calumny / defamation of character - a defamation lawsuit
extenuate - lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial excuses : mitigate
2 : to lessen the strength or effect of ...
Did You Know? You have probably encountered the phrase "extenuating circumstances," which is one of the more common ways that this word turns up in modern times. Extenuate was borrowed into English in the late Middle Ages from Latin extenuatus, the past participle of the verb extenuare, which was itself formed by combining ex- and the verb tenuare, meaning "to make thin." In addition to the surviving senses, extenuate once meant "to make light of" and "to make thin or emaciated"; although those senses are now obsolete, the connection to tenuare can be traced somewhat more clearly through them. Extenuate is today mostly at home in technical and legal contexts, but it occasionally appears in general writing with what may be a developing meaning: "to prolong, worsen, or exaggerate." This meaning, which is likely due to a conflation with extend or accentuate (or both), is not yet fully established.
Ryan's tardiness to work that morning was extenuated by the fact that his first meeting of the day was cancelled.
"If I did any wrong, as I may have done much, I did it in mistaken love, and in my want of wisdom. I write the exact truth. It would avail me nothing to extenuate it now." — Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1850
featly - neatly; elegantly.suitably; appropriately.skillfully.
For so featly came riding in to the humble prosaic precincts of the cow-pens and into their hearts the vernal beauty of Spring herself ... that the ranchmen were bewitched and dazed, and knew no more of good common-sense. Mary Noailles Murfree, The Frontiersmen, 1904
libel (slander) include (among others) both of the following senses: since 13th century : “Libel is written; slander is spoken.” new age...rule change... 1. a written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression. 2. a written statement in which a plaintiff in certain courts sets forth the cause of action or the relief sought
Harming someone's reputation in speech with falsehoods is known as slander, and doing the same thing in writing is known as libel (which sometimes includes speech as well). Any ordinary citizen who can claim to have suffered harm as a result of such defamation may sue. So why aren't politicians suing all the time? Because an exception is made for "public persons" (a category that includes most other celebrities as well), who must also prove that any such statement was made with "reckless disregard for the truth". And although, even by that standard, public persons are defamed all the time, most of them have decided that it's better to just grin and bear it.
precincts - ward. territory. compound.- a district, as of a city, marked out for governmental or administrative purposes, or for police protection. Also called precinct house. the police station in such a district.
prosaic - having the style or diction of prose; lacking poetic beauty: "prosaic language can't convey the experience" synonyms: ordinary, everyday, commonplace, conventional, straightforward, ... moreantonyms: interesting, imaginative, inspired