Defame Definition

defamed, defames, defaming
defamed, defames, defaming
To attack or injure the reputation or honor of by false and malicious statements; malign, slander, or libel.
Webster's New World
To bring infamy on; disgrace.
Webster's New World
To accuse.
Webster's New World

To harm or diminish the reputation of.

To defame somebody.

To publish a libel about.


Origin of Defame

  • Middle English defamen from Old French defamer from Medieval Latin dēfāmāre alteration of Latin diffāmāre to spread news of, slander dis- abroad, apart dis– fāma rumor, reputation bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French defamer (French diffamer), from Medieval Latin defamare, from Latin diffamare

    From Wiktionary

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