from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To damage the reputation, character, or good name of (someone) by slander or libel. synonym: malign.
- transitive verb Archaic To disgrace.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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.
- noun Infamy; disgrace.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete Dishonor.
- transitive verb 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 verb To render infamous; to bring into disrepute.
- transitive verb rare To charge; to accuse.
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- verb charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[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- in Indo-European roots.]
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