defame

  • 1 defame — de·fame /di fām/ vt de·famed, de·fam·ing [Medieval Latin defamare, alteration of Latin diffamare to spread news of, defame, from dis , prefix marking dispersal or removal + fama reputation]: to make the subject of defamation de·fam·er n Merriam… …

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  • 2 Defame — De*fame , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defaming}.] [OE. defamen, diffamen, from F. diffamer, or OF. perh. defamer, fr. L. diffamare (cf. defamatus infamous); dis (in this word confused with de) + fama a report. See {Fame}.] 1.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Defame — De*fame , n. Dishonor. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 defame — c.1300, from O.Fr. defamer (13c., Mod.Fr. diffamer), from M.L. defamare, from L. diffamare to spread abroad by ill report, make a scandal of, from dis suggestive of ruination + fama a report, rumor (see FAME (Cf. fame)). Related: Defamed;… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 defame — vilify, calumniate, *malign, traduce, asperse, slander, libel Analogous words: vituperate, revile (see SCOLD): *decry, disparage, detract, derogate Contrasted words: *praise, laud, eulogize, extol, acclaim …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 defame — [v] inflict libel or slander asperse, bad mouth*, belie, besmirch, blacken, blister, calumniate, cast aspersions on, cast slur on, denigrate, detract, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, disparage, do a number on*, knock, malign, pan*, put zingers on* …

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  • 7 defame — ► VERB ▪ damage the good reputation of. DERIVATIVES defamation noun defamatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin diffamare spread evil report , from fama report …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 defame — [dē fām′, difām′] vt. defamed, defaming [ME defamen, diffamen < OFr diffamer or ML defamere, both < L diffamare < dis , from + fama: see FAME] 1. to attack or injure the reputation or honor of by false and malicious statements; malign,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 defame — defamation def‧a‧ma‧tion [ˌdefəˈmeɪʆn] noun [uncountable] LAW the act of writing or saying bad or untrue things about someone, so that people will have a bad opinion of them: • He sued the newspaper for defamation of character. defame verb… …

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  • 10 defame — UK [dɪˈfeɪm] / US verb [transitive] Word forms defame : present tense I/you/we/they defame he/she/it defames present participle defaming past tense defamed past participle defamed formal to say or write something bad about someone that is not… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 defame — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. traduce, vilify, revile, calumniate, asperse, abuse, malign, slander. See disrepute, detraction. Ant., praise, extol. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. traduce, besmirch, malign; see slander . III (Roget s 3 …

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  • 12 defame — [14] The main source of defame (originally, in Middle English, diffame) is Old French diffamer, which came from Latin diffāmāre ‘spread damaging rumours about’, a compound verb formed from the prefix dis , denoting ‘ruination’, and fāma ‘report,… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13 defame — [14] The main source of defame (originally, in Middle English, diffame) is Old French diffamer, which came from Latin diffāmāre ‘spread damaging rumours about’, a compound verb formed from the prefix dis , denoting ‘ruination’, and fāma ‘report,… …

    Word origins

  • 14 defame — transitive verb (defamed; defaming) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French & Medieval Latin; Anglo French deffamer, diffamer, from Medieval Latin defamare, alteration of Latin diffamare, from dis + fama reputation, fame Date: 14th century 1 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 defame — defamer, n. defamingly, adv. /di faym /, v.t., defamed, defaming. 1. to attack the good name or reputation of, as by uttering or publishing maliciously or falsely anything injurious; slander or libel; calumniate: The newspaper editorial defamed… …

    Universalium

  • 16 defame — verb a) to try to diminish the reputation of. b) to publish a libel about. See Also: defamatory, defamation …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 defame — Synonyms and related words: asperse, attaint, bad mouth, belie, bespatter, blacken, blot, blow upon, brand, calumniate, cast aspersions on, cast reflections on, censure, defile, denigrate, disapprove, disparage, expose, expose to infamy, gibbet,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 defame — de|fame [dıˈfeım] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: deffamer, from Latin fama; FAME] to write or say bad or untrue things about someone or something, so that people will have a bad opinion of them >defamatory [dıˈfæmətəri US to:ri] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 defame — de|fame [ dı feım ] verb transitive FORMAL to say or write something bad about someone that is not true and makes other people have a bad opinion of them …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 defame — [[t]dɪfe͟ɪm[/t]] defames, defaming, defamed VERB If someone defames another person or thing, they say bad and untrue things about them. [FORMAL] [V n] Sgt Norwood complained that the article defamed him …

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