defame


defame

verb (used with object), de·famed, de·fam·ing.

  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 the politician.
  2. Archaic. to disgrace; bring dishonor upon.
  3. Archaic. to accuse.

verb (tr)

  1. to attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel
  2. archaic to indict or accuse
v.

c.1300, from Old French defamer (13c., Modern French diffamer), from Medieval Latin defamare, from Latin diffamare “to spread abroad by ill report, make a scandal of,” from dis- suggestive of ruination + fama “a report, rumor” (see fame (n.)). Related: Defamed; defaming.

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