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[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.
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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

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Related Words for traduce

disgrace, slur, smear, slander, denigrate, malign, defame, vilify, calumniate

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British Dictionary definitions for traduce


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

Word Origin for traduce

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.

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