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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.]

de·fam′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defamer - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libeldefamer - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
depreciator, detractor, disparager, knocker - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something
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