American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander or libel. See Synonyms at malign.
- v. Archaic To disgrace.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. To render infamous; to bring into disrepute.
- v. rare To charge; to accuse.
- n. obsolete Dishonor.
- 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)
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