Mr. Taniguchi allegedly continued to defame her to clients, intimidating them into dropping commercial deals with her.
But this is often seen as little more than a way of trying to defame Edward III on the continent.
Sometimes she does it to defame them, other times to make it seem as if they shared her ideology.
c.1300, from Old French defamer (13c., Modern French diffamer), from Medieval Latin defamare, from Latin diffamare "to spread abroad by ill report, make a scandal of," from dis- suggestive of ruination + fama "a report, rumor" (see fame (n.)). Related: Defamed; defaming.