from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander or libel. See Synonyms at malign.
- transitive v. Archaic To disgrace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to try to diminish the reputation of.
- v. to publish a libel about.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To render infamous; to bring into disrepute.
- transitive v. To charge; to accuse.
- n. Dishonor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To slander or calumniate, as by uttering or publishing maliciously something which tends to injure the reputation or interests of; speak evil of; dishonor by false reports.
- To charge; accuse; especially, to accuse falsely.
- To degrade; bring into disrepute; make infamous.
- Synonyms Calumniate, Slander, etc. See asperse.
- n. Infamy; disgrace.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
Middle English defamen, from Old French defamer, from Medieval Latin dēfāmāre, alteration of Latin diffāmāre, to spread news of, slander : dis-, abroad, apart; see dis- + fāma, rumor, reputation; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)