verb (used with object), de·famed, de·fam·ing.
Origin of defame
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|Tom Sykes|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jake Adelstein|December 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes she does it to defame them, other times to make it seem as if they shared her ideology.
We are outcasts from Deity, therefore we defame the place of our exile.Imaginations and Reveries|(A.E.) George William Russell
This is he, who little regarding my love, doth not only defame me with reproachfull words, but also intendeth to run away.The Golden Asse|Lucius Apuleius
Do not permit any of those loafers to talk with you, for if you do they will go away to defame you.Cavanagh: Forest Ranger|Hamlin Garland
No doubt hopes had been entertained that, on finding herself abandoned by her King, she would at last accuse and defame him.
That however, did not trouble him and he did everything that Pombal bade him to do, to defame and destroy the Society.The Jesuits, 1534-1921|Thomas J. Campbell
Word Origin 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.