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tr.v. de·famed, de·fam·ing, de·fames
1. To damage the reputation, character, or good name of (someone) by slander or libel. See Synonyms at malign.
2. Archaic To disgrace.
[Middle English defamen, from Old French defamer, from Medieval Latin dēfāmāre, alteration of Latin diffāmāre, to spread news of, slander : dis-, abroad, apart; see dis- + fāma, rumor, reputation; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]
1. (Law) to attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel
2. (Law) archaic to indict or accuse
[C14: from Old French defamer, from Latin dēfāmāre, from diffāmāre to spread by unfavourable report, from fāma fame]
v.t. -famed, -fam•ing.
1. to attack the good name or reputation of; slander or libel.
2. Archaic. to disgrace.
[1275–1325; < Medieval Latin dēfāmāre, derivative of Latin diffāmāre to spread the news of, slander]
Past participle: defamed
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|Verb||1.||defame - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"|
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
assassinate - destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"
libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
verb slander, smear, libel, discredit, knock (informal), rubbish (informal), disgrace, blacken, slag (off) (slang), detract, malign, denigrate, disparage, vilify, dishonour, stigmatize, bad-mouth (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), besmirch, traduce, cast aspersions on, speak evil of, cast a slur on, calumniate, vituperate, asperse He complained that the article defamed him.