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From Old French defamer (French diffamer), from Medieval Latin defamare, from Latin diffāmō, from fāma(fame; rumour; reputation).



defame (third-person singular simple present defames, present participle defaming, simple past and past participle defamed)

  1. To harm or diminish the reputation of.
    to defame somebody
  2. To render infamous; to bring into disrepute.
    • Dryden
      My guilt thy growing virtues did defame; / My blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name.
  3. To publish a libel about.
  4. (archaic) To charge; to accuse.
    • Rebecca is [] defamed of sorcery practised on the person of a noble knight.


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