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[truh-doos, -dyoos] /trəˈdus, -ˈdyus/
verb (used with object), traduced, traducing.
to speak maliciously and falsely of; slander; defame:
to traduce someone's character.
Origin of traduce
1525-35; < Latin trādūcere, variant of trānsdūcere to transfer, display, expose, equivalent to trāns- trans- + dūcere to lead
Related forms
traducement, noun
traducer, noun
traducingly, adverb
untraduced, adjective
vilify, decry, disparage.
praise. Unabridged
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(transitive) to speak badly of
Derived Forms
traducement, noun
traducer, noun
traducible, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin trādūcere to lead over, transmit, disgrace, from trans- + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for traduce

1530s, "to alter, change over, transport," from Latin traducere "change over, convert," originally "lead along or across, transfer," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Sense of "defame, slander" (1580s) is from Latin traducere in the sense of "to scorn or disgrace," probably from the notion of "to lead along as a spectacle." Related: Traduced; traducing.

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