de·fame /di-'fām/ vt de·famed, de·fam·ing [Medieval Latin defamare, alteration of Latin diffamare to spread news of, defame, from dis -, prefix marking dispersal or removal + fama reputation]: to make the subject of defamation
de·fam·er n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb accuse, accuse falsely, anathematize, asperse, assail, belittle, berate, besmear, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, blemish, brand, bring disrepute upon, call names, calumniari, calumniate, cast aspersions on, censure, charge, condemn, criticize, damage one's reputation, decry, degrade, denigrate, denounce, depreciate, destroy one's reputation, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, disparage, dispraise, falsify, fulminate, gibbet, give a bad name, impeach, indict, injure the good name of, injure the good reputation of, inveigh against, lessen one's reputation, libel, lower, malign, objurgate, obtrectare, ostracize, pillory, put in a bad light, reprehend, revile, run down, scandalize, shame, slander, slur, smear, smirch, spatter, speak evil, speak ill, speak ill of, speak of slightingly, stain the character of, stigmatize, sully, taint, tarnish, traduce, vilify, vilipend, vituperate associated concepts: defamation, defamation per quod, defamation per se, defamatory per se, defamatory upon its face, defamatory words, disparagement, injury to character or reputation, injury to profession or business, libel, slander II index brand (stigmatize), denigrate, denounce (condemn), depreciate, derogate, disgrace, dishonor (deprive of honor), disparage, expose, humiliate, lessen, libel, malign, pillory, reproach, smear, stain, sully, tarnish

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • Defame — De*fame , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defaming}.] [OE. defamen, diffamen, from F. diffamer, or OF. perh. defamer, fr. L. diffamare (cf. defamatus infamous); dis (in this word confused with de) + fama a report. See {Fame}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Defame — De*fame , n. Dishonor. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defame — c.1300, from O.Fr. defamer (13c., Mod.Fr. diffamer), from M.L. defamare, from L. diffamare to spread abroad by ill report, make a scandal of, from dis suggestive of ruination + fama a report, rumor (see FAME (Cf. fame)). Related: Defamed;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • defame — vilify, calumniate, *malign, traduce, asperse, slander, libel Analogous words: vituperate, revile (see SCOLD): *decry, disparage, detract, derogate Contrasted words: *praise, laud, eulogize, extol, acclaim …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • defame — [v] inflict libel or slander asperse, bad mouth*, belie, besmirch, blacken, blister, calumniate, cast aspersions on, cast slur on, denigrate, detract, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, disparage, do a number on*, knock, malign, pan*, put zingers on* …   New thesaurus

  • defame — ► VERB ▪ damage the good reputation of. DERIVATIVES defamation noun defamatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin diffamare spread evil report , from fama report …   English terms dictionary

  • defame — [dē fām′, difām′] vt. defamed, defaming [ME defamen, diffamen < OFr diffamer or ML defamere, both < L diffamare < dis , from + fama: see FAME] 1. to attack or injure the reputation or honor of by false and malicious statements; malign,… …   English World dictionary

  • defame — defamation def‧a‧ma‧tion [ˌdefəˈmeɪʆn] noun [uncountable] LAW the act of writing or saying bad or untrue things about someone, so that people will have a bad opinion of them: • He sued the newspaper for defamation of character. defame verb… …   Financial and business terms

  • defame — UK [dɪˈfeɪm] / US verb [transitive] Word forms defame : present tense I/you/we/they defame he/she/it defames present participle defaming past tense defamed past participle defamed formal to say or write something bad about someone that is not… …   English dictionary

  • defame — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. traduce, vilify, revile, calumniate, asperse, abuse, malign, slander. See disrepute, detraction. Ant., praise, extol. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. traduce, besmirch, malign; see slander . III (Roget s 3 …   English dictionary for students

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