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traduce

[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

Synonyms

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vilify, decry, disparage.

Antonyms

praise.
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Examples from the Web for traducer

Historical Examples

  • He was mortified and angry, and yet he was helpless because his traducer was a woman.

    The Efficiency Expert

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Her tone was full of abhorrence for this traducer of the man she loved and trusted.

  • Jeff launched his horse at the traducer, but Gibson spurred aside.

    Bransford of Rainbow Range

    Eugene Manlove Rhodes

  • He is neither the apologist, nor the traducer of his heroine.

  • It will, of course, rest with him whether an action is taken against his traducer.

    The Bail Jumper

    Robert J. C. Stead


British Dictionary definitions for traducer

traduce

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

Word Origin

C16: from Latin trādūcere to lead over, transmit, disgrace, from trans- + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for traducer

traduce

v.

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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