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From Latin traducens, present participle of traducere. See traduce.


traducent (comparative more traducent, superlative most traducent)

  1. (obsolete, rare) slanderous
    • 1850, Thomas O'Donoghue, The Book of Truth, in Honour of Love and the Apostles of Life:
      [] who sees the cause of nation's pride unvindicated through life by our unconfuted veracity and coherent perseverance in the cause of truth, despite the truculent fluctuations of the minds of traducent mortals, whose deadly attractions yield to the wreck which divests the soul []
    • 1903, “Introduction”, in Alexander Carlyle, editor, New Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle, volume 1:
      Froude, even the traducent and deprecatory Froude, declared that he left the world "having never spoken, never written a sentence which he did not believe with his whole heart, never stained his conscience by a single deliberate act which he could regret to remember."
    • 1921 April 15, “Appeal from the District Court of Ponce in a Prosecution for Breach of Peace”, in Porto Rico Reports: Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Porto Rico, volume 29:
      Such language may be classified also as traducent under section 368 of the Penal Code.
    • 1950, Leslie Ford, Murder is the Pay-Off, page 5:
      He is an intellectual— if one may use that term today without connoting anything of a disparaging or traducent significance.
    • 1971, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, page 383:
      On November 3, 1864, five days before the election, Lieutenant-governor Richard T. Jacob published in the Louisville ... whose epithets' target was Breckinridge, though President Lincoln was the ostensible object of the traducent attack.

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  1. third-person plural future active indicative of trādūcō