- 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
Synonyms for defame
Related Words for defamingdisparage, disgrace, scandalize, smear, malign, denigrate, discredit, vilify, besmirch, blister, knock, blacken, traduce, detract, stigmatize, dishonor, asperse, vituperate, belie, slam
Examples from the Web for defaming
Contemporary Examples of defaming
The unmitigated gall Kennedy displays in defaming the hard work of dedicated researchers is bad enough.Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Twisted Anti-Vaxx History
July 23, 2014
And so not only are they not defaming Jews or Jewish values—they are, in the way they see fit, trying to support them.Once Again, the Anti-Defamation League Defames
October 22, 2013
Knox was found guilty of defaming Patrick Lumumba, whom she initially accused of the crime.Knox Thanks Supporters
The Daily Beast
October 5, 2011
While defaming Kutler and me, it seeks to turn history upside down based on a distorted reading of one week in March 1973.The Times Bungles Watergate
John W. Dean
February 4, 2009
Historical Examples of defaming
Then you are likely to give up your plan of punishing the man for defaming and degrading you?The Eternal City
I saw you lying there in Their temple, defaming it in blasphemy by your sleep.Eight Keys to Eden
Mark Irvin Clifton
What surprises me was that so little intelligence was exhibited in defaming me.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
How must satisfaction be made for slanders, lies, and defaming of others?A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
Why the doctor here heard you cussing out and defaming one of the finest types of Republican congressmen, just this noon!Babbitt
- to attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel
- archaic to indict or accuse
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.