Defame meaning

dĭ-fām'
To accuse.
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To disgrace.
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To attack or injure the reputation or honor of by false and malicious statements; malign, slander, or libel.
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To harm or diminish the reputation of.

To defame somebody.

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To render infamous; to bring into disrepute.
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To publish a libel about.
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(archaic) To charge; to accuse.
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To damage the reputation, character, or good name of (someone) by slander or libel.
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To bring infamy on; disgrace.
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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