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Monday, February 04, 2002

traduce

\truh-DOOS; -DYOOS\ , transitive verb;
1.
To expose to contempt or shame by means of false statements or misrepresentation; to represent as blamable; to vilify.
Quotes:
Sir Edward rang twice to stress that he had no business relationship with the family other than his consultancy, but also to vouch for the fact that they were "splendid people" who should not be traduced.
-- Ian Jack, "Generous spirits, secretive souls", Independent, October 17, 1998
I sometimes wonder whether those who traduce today's television have any conception just how much is on offer to the growing number of us with multi-channel television.
-- Peter Bazalgette, "Golden Age? This is it", The Guardian, November 19, 2001
The only problem is that his corrective arguments tend to traduce rationalism as the exclusive preserve of wild-eyed eggheads who only ever spin webs of marvelously useless deduction.
-- Steven Poole, "Et cetera", The Guardian, June 30, 2001
Origin:
Traduce derives from Latin traducere, "to lead across, to lead along, to display, to expose to ridicule," from trans-, "across, over" + ducere, "to lead."
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