- 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.
transitive verbtra·duced, tra·duc·ing, tra·duc·es
- To make false or malicious statements about (someone) in order to cause humiliation or disgrace. See Synonyms at malign.
- To fail to uphold; disregard or violate: “The appearance of things is &ellipsis; that we have traduced our policy and violated our principles” (Patrick J. Buchanan).
Origin of traduceLatin trādūcere, to lead as a spectacle, dishonor : trā-, trāns-, trans- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present traduces, present participle traducing, simple past and past participle traduced)
From Latin trÄdÅ«cÅ (“lead as a spectacle, dishonor"), from trÄns + dÅ«cÅ (“I lead").