de fame

defame

[dih-feym]
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; 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

defamer, noun
defamingly, adverb
undefamed, adjective
undefaming, adjective

defame, libel, slander.


1. malign, disparage, discredit, vilify, derogate, revile, denigrate, backbite.
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defame (dɪˈfeɪm)
 
vb
1.  to attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel
2.  archaic to indict or accuse
 
[C14: from Old French defamer, from Latin dēfāmāre, from diffāmāre to spread by unfavourable report, from fāmafame]
 
de'famer
 
n

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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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