- to attack the good name or reputation of, as by uttering or publishing maliciously or falsely anything injurious; slander or libel; calumniate: The newspaper editorial defamed the politician.
- Archaic. to disgrace; bring dishonor upon.
- Archaic. to accuse.
Origin of defame
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Examples from the Web for defame
But this is often seen as little more than a way of trying to defame Edward III on the continent.The Sex Life of King Richard III's Randy Great Great Great Grandfather
December 4, 2014
Mr. Taniguchi allegedly continued to defame her to clients, intimidating them into dropping commercial deals with her.Japan’s Miss International Takes on Mob-Backed Entertainment Complex
December 18, 2013
Sometimes she does it to defame them, other times to make it seem as if they shared her ideology.How Palin Flunks Feminism
November 26, 2010
For those who wish to defame you will assert that I am wise, though I am not.
I have done nothing to defame your character, in spite of what has passed.The Day of Judgment
They not only defame Wilson, but they contend that the part we played in the war has been overestimated.Idling in Italy
On this principle they defame, persecute, and destroy every one who displeases them.Letters To Eugenia
Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
No cruelty must ever defame it, no malice, no gross bitterness!The Sick-a-Bed Lady
Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
- to attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel
- archaic to indict or accuse
Word Origin and History for defame
c.1300, from Old French defamer (13c., Modern French diffamer), from Medieval Latin defamare, from Latin diffamare "to spread abroad by ill report, make a scandal of," from dis- suggestive of ruination + fama "a report, rumor" (see fame (n.)). Related: Defamed; defaming.