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de·fame

 (dĭ-fām′)
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.]

de·fam′er n.

defame

(dɪˈfeɪm)
vb (tr)
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]
deˈfamer n

de•fame

(dɪˈfeɪm)

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]
de•fam′er, n.

defame


Past participle: defamed
Gerund: defaming

Imperative
defame
defame
Present
I defame
you defame
he/she/it defames
we defame
you defame
they defame
Preterite
I defamed
you defamed
he/she/it defamed
we defamed
you defamed
they defamed
Present Continuous
I am defaming
you are defaming
he/she/it is defaming
we are defaming
you are defaming
they are defaming
Present Perfect
I have defamed
you have defamed
he/she/it has defamed
we have defamed
you have defamed
they have defamed
Past Continuous
I was defaming
you were defaming
he/she/it was defaming
we were defaming
you were defaming
they were defaming
Past Perfect
I had defamed
you had defamed
he/she/it had defamed
we had defamed
you had defamed
they had defamed
Future
I will defame
you will defame
he/she/it will defame
we will defame
you will defame
they will defame
Future Perfect
I will have defamed
you will have defamed
he/she/it will have defamed
we will have defamed
you will have defamed
they will have defamed
Future Continuous
I will be defaming
you will be defaming
he/she/it will be defaming
we will be defaming
you will be defaming
they will be defaming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been defaming
you have been defaming
he/she/it has been defaming
we have been defaming
you have been defaming
they have been defaming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been defaming
you will have been defaming
he/she/it will have been defaming
we will have been defaming
you will have been defaming
they will have been defaming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been defaming
you had been defaming
he/she/it had been defaming
we had been defaming
you had been defaming
they had been defaming
Conditional
I would defame
you would defame
he/she/it would defame
we would defame
you would defame
they would defame
Past Conditional
I would have defamed
you would have defamed
he/she/it would have defamed
we would have defamed
you would have defamed
they would have defamed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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"
badmouth, drag through the mud, malign, traduce - speak unfavorably about; "She badmouths her husband everywhere"

defame

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.

defame

verb
To make defamatory statements about:
Law: libel.
Translations

defame

[dɪˈfeɪm] VTdifamar, calumniar

defame

[dɪˈfeɪm] vt (= slander) [+ person] → diffamer

defame

defame

[dɪˈfeɪm] vt (frm) → diffamare
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