transitive verb-·famed′, -·fam′ing
- to attack or injure the reputation or honor of by false and malicious statements; malign, slander, or libel
- Archaic to bring infamy on; disgrace
- Obs. to accuse
Origin of defameMiddle English defamen, diffamen from Old French diffamer or Medieval Latin defamere, both from Classical Latin diffamare from dis-, from + fama: see fame
transitive verbde·famed, de·fam·ing, de·fames
- To damage the reputation, character, or good name of (someone) by slander or libel. See Synonyms at malign.
- Archaic To disgrace.
Origin of defameMiddle 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-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present defames, present participle defaming, simple past and past participle defamed)