traduce

[truh-doos, -dyoos]
verb (used with object), traduced, traducing.
to speak maliciously and falsely of; slander; defame: to traduce someone's character.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin trādūcere, variant of trānsdūcere to transfer, display, expose, equivalent to trāns- trans- + dūcere to lead

traducement, noun
traducer, noun
traducingly, adverb
untraduced, adjective


vilify, decry, disparage.


praise.
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traduce (trəˈdjuːs)
 
vb
(tr) to speak badly of
 
[C16: from Latin trādūcere to lead over, transmit, disgrace, from trans- + dūcere to lead]
 
tra'ducement
 
n
 
tra'ducer
 
n
 
tra'ducible
 
adj

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traduce
1533, "to alter, change over, transport," from L. traducere "change over, convert," originally "lead along or across, transfer," from trans- "across" + ducere "to lead" (see duke). Sense of "defame, slander" (1586) is from L. traducere in the sense of "to scorn or disgrace,"
probably from the notion of "to lead along as a spectacle."
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Example sentences
So to make them final arbiters is to traduce their spirit.
Fancy-priced-credit tailors traduce us because wc make as good clothes at one-half their prices.
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