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. [1913 Webster]

2. To render infamous; to bring into disrepute. [1913 Webster]

My guilt thy growing virtues did defame; My blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To charge; to accuse. [R.] [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: To asperse; slander; calumniate; vilify. See {Asperse}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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