Traduce meaning

trə-do͝os, -dyo͝os
To say untrue or malicious things about; defame; slander; vilify.
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(archaic) To pass on (to one's children, future generations etc.); to transmit.
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To fail to uphold; disregard or violate.
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To make a mockery of; betray.
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To malign a person or entity by making malicious and false or defamatory statements.
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(archaic) To pass into another form of expression; to rephrase, to translate.
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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.

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To make false or malicious statements about (someone) in order to cause humiliation or disgrace.
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Origin of traduce

  • Latin trādūcere to lead as a spectacle, dishonor trā-, trāns- trans- dūcere to lead deuk- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin trādÅ«cō (“lead as a spectacle, dishonor"), from trāns + dÅ«cō (“I lead").

    From Wiktionary