- to attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel
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- to attack the good name or reputation of;
slander or libel:The candidates seem to enjoy defaming each other.
- 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.
- [Archaic.]to disgrace;
bring dishonor upon.
- [Archaic.]to accuse.
- 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.