[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. traditionally,
  2. traditionary,
  3. traditionist,
  4. traditive,
  5. traditor,
  6. traducianism,
  7. trafalgar,
  8. trafalgar, battle of,
  9. traffic,
  10. traffic calming

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for traducer


/ (trəˈdjuːs) /


(tr) to speak badly of
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 traducer



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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