[ 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.

Origin of traduce

1525–35; <Latin trādūcere, variant of trānsdūcere to transfer, display, expose, equivalent to trāns-trans- + dūcere to lead

Other words for traduce

Opposites for traduce

Other words from traduce

  • tra·duce·ment, noun
  • tra·duc·er, noun
  • tra·duc·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·tra·duced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use traduce in a sentence

  • White with passion, the words hissing from his lips, he vowed to take vengeance on the traducer of his niece.

  • To hear of Festing's thrashing her traducer had given her a pleasant thrill, but all the same she vaguely disapproved.

    The Girl From Keller's | Harold Bindloss
  • Philadelphus, fearing that she was about to spring at the throat of her traducer, sprang between the two women.

    The City of Delight | Elizabeth Miller
  • On the contrary, Noah with his followers was condemned as a rebel, as a heretic, as a traducer of the dignity of State and Church.

  • According to this vile traducer the priests are devoid of all honor and all the moral virtues.

British Dictionary definitions for traduce


/ (trəˈdjuːs) /

  1. (tr) to speak badly of

Origin of traduce

C16: from Latin trādūcere to lead over, transmit, disgrace, from trans- + dūcere to lead

Derived forms of traduce

  • traducement, noun
  • traducer, noun
  • traducible, adjective

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