verb \di-ˈfām, dē-\

: to hurt the reputation of (someone or something) especially by saying things that are false or unfair


Full Definition of DEFAME

transitive verb
archaic :  disgrace
:  to harm the reputation of by libel or slander
archaic :  accuse
de·fam·er noun

Examples of DEFAME

  1. He says he was defamed by reports that falsely identified him as a former gangster.
  2. <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


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