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traduce

[truh-doos, -dyoos]
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verb (used with object), tra·duced, tra·duc·ing.
  1. 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 formstra·duce·ment, nountra·duc·er, nountra·duc·ing·ly, adverbun·tra·duced, adjective

Synonyms

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vilify, decry, disparage.

Antonyms

praise.
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British Dictionary definitions for traducement

traduce

verb
  1. (tr) to speak badly of
Derived Formstraducement, nountraducer, nountraducible, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin trādūcere to lead over, transmit, disgrace, from trans- + dūcere to lead
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for traducement

traduce

v.

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.

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