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, hang in effigy, libel, malign, misrepresent, pillory, reprimand, scandalize, slander, slur, smear, soil, stain, stigmatize, sully, taint, tarnish, throw mud at, traduce, vilify

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  • 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… …   Law dictionary

  • 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

  • Defame — De*fame , n. Dishonor. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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* …   New thesaurus

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

  • 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

  • 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… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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

  • 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 …   English dictionary for students

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