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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Religious leaders say the novel defames Islam.
▪ A public apology defames the author of the article apologised for by suggesting that the author has written carelessly.
▪ California employers already can be held responsible for defaming a departing worker with a negative reference.
▪ Disseminating for the purpose of undermining or weakening the Soviet regime slanderous fabrications which defame the Soviet state and social system.
▪ Last year, a jury ruled that the Goughs did not defame the Conrads.
▪ Of course, teachers can also sue individuals who defame them.
▪ Other Defences Consent People can - and often do for large sums of money - agree to be defamed.
▪ They had been successfully denied, defamed and ridiculed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Defame \De*fame"\, n. Dishonor. [Obs.]


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. To harm or destroy the good fame or reputation of; to disgrace; especially, to speak evil of maliciously; to dishonor by slanderous reports; to calumniate; to asperse.

  2. To render infamous; to bring into disrepute.

    My guilt thy growing virtues did defame; My blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name.

  3. To charge; to accuse. [R.]

    Rebecca is . . . defamed of sorcery practiced on the person of a noble knight.
    --Sir W. Scott.

    Syn: To asperse; slander; calumniate; vilify. See Asperse.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French defamer (13c., Modern French diffamer), from Medieval Latin defamare, from Latin diffamare "to spread abroad by ill report, make a scandal of," from dis- suggestive of ruination + fama "a report, rumor" (see fame (n.)). Related: Defamed; defaming.


vb. 1 To harm or diminish the reputation of. 2 To render infamous; to bring into disrepute. 3 To publish a libel about. 4 (context archaic English) To charge; to accuse.


v. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation" [syn: slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch]

Usage examples of "defame".

Does the man make anything of defrauding or defaming or hating another even to death, or of committing adultery with his wife, or of being cruel to him out of revenge, the while having the desire in mind to get the upper hand of all and to possess the goods of all others, thus regarding others in comparison with himself as insignificant and of little worth?

Behold with this woman was I appointed to have to doe before the face of the people, but I being wrapped in great anguish, and envying the day of the triumph, when we two should so abandon our selves together, devised rather to sley my selfe, then to pollute my body with this mischievous harlot, and so for ever to remaine defamed: but it was impossible for me so to doe, considering that I lacked hands, and was not able to hold a knife in my hoofes: howbeit standing in a pretty cabin, I rejoyced in my selfe to see that spring time was come, and that all things flourished, and that I was in good hope to find some Roses, to render me my humane shape.

My name perhaps among the circumcised, In Dan, in Judah, and the bordering tribes, To all posterity may stand defamed, With malediction mentioned, and the blot Of falsehood most unconjugal traduced.

British allies, defame the Zen and Kegon churches, and spout outlawed Communist propaganda all in three sentences.

This is he, who little regarding my love, doth not only defame me with reproachfull words, but also intendeth to run away.

She defames you behind your back, steals from you, intrigues against you.

It sufficeth that hee is defamed in every place for his adulterous living, wherefore all occasion ought to bee taken away by meane of marriage : he hath chosen a Maiden that fancieth him well, and hath bereaved her of her virginity, let him have her still, and possesse her according to his owne pleasure : then he returned to Venus, and said, And you my daughter, take you no care, neither feare the dishonour of your progeny and estate, neither have regard in that it is a mortall marriage, for it seemeth unto me just, lawfull, and legitimate by the law civill.

Had not almost every man suffered by the Press, or were not the tyranny thereof become universal, I had not wanted reason for complaint: but in times wherein I have lived to behold the highest perversion of that excellent invention, the name of his Majesty defamed, the Honour of Parliament depraved, the Writings of both depravedly, anticipatively, counterfeitly imprinted.

For, when I dare not otherwise debate, Then will I sting him with my tongue smart* *sharply In preaching, so that he shall not astart* *escape To be defamed falsely, if that he Hath trespass'd* to my brethren or to me.

Therefore let the Bishop or his deputy, or the Judge, first take note that, in a case of heresy, it is not necessary that a person should be defamed only by good and respected people.

We have not found that you have confessed to or have been convicted of the aforesaid sin or that you are even lightly suspected of it, except that we find that truly and legitimately you are publicly defamed by both good and bad in such a village, town, or Diocese.

That is, he must produce some seven, ten, twenty, or thirty men, according to the extent to which he has been defamed and the size and important of the place concerned, and these must be men of his own station and condition.

For example, if he who is defamed is a religious, they must be religious.

And if he has been defamed in many places, he must be required to profess the Catholic faith and deny the heresy in all the places in which he is known as defamed.

Isidore's saying that they are called witches from the magnitude of their crimes), it can be said that for an innocent person to be defamed by the devil in a way that has been suggested does not seem at all possible, for many reasons.