- Traduce is to say mean and untrue things about a person or thing, or to betray.
An example of traduce is for a campaign aide to damage a senator's chances for election with a false story in the newspapers.
traduce definition by Webster's New World
traduce definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb tra·duced, tra·duc·ing, tra·duc·es
Origin: Latin trādūcere, to lead as a spectacle, dishonor : trā-, trāns-, trans- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
- tra·duceˈment noun
- tra·ducˈer noun
- tra·ducˈing·ly adverb