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 verb-·duced′, -·duc′ing
- to say untrue or malicious things about; defame; slander; vilify
- to make a mockery of; betray
Origin of traduceClassical Latin traducere, to lead along, exhibit as a spectacle, disgrace from tra(ns), across, over + ducere, to lead: see trans- and duct
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 … 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").