[ truh-doos, -dyoos ]
/ trəˈdus, -ˈdyus /

verb (used with object), tra·duced, tra·duc·ing.

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

tra·duce·ment, nountra·duc·er, nountra·duc·ing·ly, adverbun·tra·duced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for traduce


/ (trəˈdjuːs) /


(tr) to speak badly of

Derived Forms

traducement, 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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