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[truh-doos, -dyoos] /trəˈdus, -ˈdyus/
verb (used with object), traduced, traducing.
to speak maliciously and falsely of; slander; defame:
to traduce someone's character.
Origin of traduce
1525-35; < Latin trādūcere, variant of trānsdūcere to transfer, display, expose, equivalent to trāns- trans- + dūcere to lead
Related forms
traducement, noun
traducer, noun
traducingly, adverb
untraduced, adjective
vilify, decry, disparage.
praise. Unabridged
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  • Well—well we'll not traduce you by saying anything to your Praise never fear.

    The School For Scandal Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  • The very next day she will embrace, kiss, and traduce you, as if nothing had happened.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • I often found it on my lips to say "Do not traduce me to her!"

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
  • For Grover Cleveland there were no longer enemies to traduce and vilify.

    Under Four Administrations Oscar S. Straus
  • Who would imagine that such a glorious act of benevolence should ever be made a handle to traduce and vilify the author!

  • Master March may find it pleasant to traduce us, but sooner or later he'll repent.

    The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
  • But I must mistake matters, if some of those men who traduce you, do not prefer the offers of Britain.

    Patrick Henry Moses Coit Tyler
  • Let me not, like most of those who forsake their native country, traduce it.

    The Absentee Maria Edgeworth
British Dictionary definitions for traduce


(transitive) to speak badly of
Derived Forms
traducement, noun
traducer, noun
traducible, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin trādūcere to lead over, transmit, disgrace, from trans- + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for traduce

1530s, "to alter, change over, transport," from Latin traducere "change over, convert," originally "lead along or across, transfer," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Sense of "defame, slander" (1580s) is from Latin traducere in the sense of "to scorn or disgrace," probably from the notion of "to lead along as a spectacle." Related: Traduced; traducing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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