Simple Definition of defame
: to hurt the reputation of (someone or something) especially by saying things that are false or unfair
Examples of defame
He says he was defamed by reports that falsely identified him as a former gangster.
<of course I want to win the election, but I refuse to defame my opponent in order to do so>
Origin of defame
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French deffamer, diffamer, from Medieval Latin defamare, alteration of Latin diffamare, from dis- + fama reputation, fame
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of defame
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