WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
de•fame /dɪˈfeɪm/USA pronunciation   v. [ + obj], -famed, -fam•ing. 
  1. to attack the good name or reputation of;
    slander or libel:The candidates seem to enjoy defaming each other.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
de•fame  (di fām),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -famed, -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.
de•famer, n. 
de•faming•ly, adv. 
  • Medieval Latin, Latin, as above
  • Anglo-French, Old French diffamer)
  • Medieval Latin dēfāmāre, by-form of Medieval Latin, Latin diffāmāre (dē- de- for dif-; compare Latin dēfāmātus infamous) to spread the news of, slander, equivalent. to dif- dif- + -fāmāre verb, verbal derivative of fāma news, rumor, slander (see fame); replacing Middle English diffamen (
  • Anglo-French defamer)
  • Middle English defamen ( 1275–1325
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged malign, disparage, discredit, vilify, derogate, revile, denigrate, backbite.


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defame /dɪˈfeɪm/ vb (transitive)
  1. to attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French defamer, from Latin dēfāmāre, from diffāmāre to spread by unfavourable report, from fāma fame



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