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[dih-feym] /dɪˈfeɪm/
verb (used with object), defamed, defaming.
1.
to attack the good name or reputation of, as by uttering or publishing maliciously or falsely anything injurious; slander or libel; calumniate:
The newspaper editorial defamed the politician.
2.
Archaic. to disgrace; bring dishonor upon.
3.
Archaic. to accuse.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English defamen (< Anglo-French defamer) < Medieval Latin dēfāmāre, by-form of Medieval Latin, Latin diffāmāre (dē- de- for dif-; compare Latin dēfāmātus infamous) to spread the news of, slander, equivalent to dif- dif- + -fāmāre verbal derivative of fāma news, rumor, slander (see fame); replacing Middle English diffamen (< Anglo-French, Old French diffamer) < Medieval Latin, Latin, as above
Related forms
defamer, noun
defamingly, adverb
undefamed, adjective
undefaming, adjective
Can be confused
defame, libel, slander.
Synonyms
1. malign, disparage, discredit, vilify, derogate, revile, denigrate, backbite.
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British Dictionary definitions for de fame

defame

/dɪˈfeɪm/
verb (transitive)
1.
to attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel
2.
(archaic) to indict or accuse
Derived Forms
defamer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French defamer, from Latin dēfāmāre, from diffāmāre to spread by unfavourable report, from fāmafame
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Word Origin and History for de fame
defame
c.1300, from O.Fr. defamer, from M.L. defamare, from L. diffamare "to spread abroad by ill report," from dis- suggestive of ruination + fama "a report, rumor."
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