transitive verb \trə-ˈdüs, -ˈdyüs\

: to tell lies about (someone)


Full Definition of TRADUCE

:  to expose to shame or blame by means of falsehood and misrepresentation
:  violate, betray <traduce a principle of law>
tra·duce·ment \-mənt\ noun
tra·duc·er noun

Examples of TRADUCE

  1. He was traduced in the press.
  2. <a law that traduces one of our most cherished rights: the right to privacy>

Origin of TRADUCE

Latin traducere to lead across, transfer, degrade, from tra-, trans- trans- + ducere to lead — more at tow
First Known Use: 1573


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