Defame

Definition of Defame

De`fame´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Defamed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Defaming.]
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.
Rebecca is . . . defamed of sorcery practiced on the person of a noble knight.
- Sir W. Scott.
n.1.Dishonor.

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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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