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Meaning of DEFAME

Pronunciation:  di'feym

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
 

DEFAME is a 6 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: asperse, besmirch, calumniate, denigrate, slander, smear, smirch, sully
 
 See Also: accuse, assassinate, badmouth, charge, drag through the mud, libel, malign, traduce

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \De*fame"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defamed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Defaming}.] [OE. defamen, diffamen, from F. diffamer, or
    OF. perh. defamer, fr. L. diffamare (cf. defamatus infamous);
    dis- (in this word confused with de) + fama a report. See
    {Fame}.]
    1. To harm or destroy the good fame or reputation of; to
       disgrace; especially, to speak evil of maliciously; to
       dishonor by slanderous reports; to calumniate; to asperse.
    
    2. To render infamous; to bring into disrepute.
    
             My guilt thy growing virtues did defame; My
             blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name. --Dryden.
    
    3. To charge; to accuse. [R.]
    
             Rebecca is . . . defamed of sorcery practiced on the
             person of a noble knight.             --Sir W.
                                                   Scott.
    
    Syn: To asperse; slander; calumniate; vilify. See {Asperse}.
    
    
  2. \De*fame"\, n.
    Dishonor. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: asperse, attaint, bad-mouth, belie, bespatter, blacken, blot, blow upon, brand, calumniate, cast aspersions on, cast reflections on, censure, defile, denigrate, disapprove, disparage, expose, expose to infamy, gibbet, hang in effigy, libel, malign, misrepresent, pillory, reprimand, scandalize, slander, slur, smear, soil, stain, stigmatize, sully, taint, tarnish, throw mud at, traduce, vilify
 

 

 

 

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