defame

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman defamer (verb), defame (noun), and its source, Latin diffāmō, from fāma (fame; rumour; reputation).

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. To disgrace; to bring into disrepute. [from 4th c.]
    • Dryden
      My guilt thy growing virtues did defame; / My blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name.
  2. (now chiefly historical) To charge; to accuse (someone) of an offence. [from 14th c.]
    • Rebecca is [] defamed of sorcery practised on the person of a noble knight.
  3. To harm or diminish the reputation of; to disparage. [from 4th c.]
    to defame somebody

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Noun[edit]

defame (countable and uncountable, plural defames)

  1. (now rare, archaic) Disgrace, dishonour. [from 14th c.]
    • 1613, John Marston, William Barksted, The Insatiate Countess, I.1:
      And all the sparks that may bring unto flame / Hate betwixt man and wife, or breed defame.
  2. (now rare or nonstandard) Defamation; slander, libel. [from 15th c.]

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