Simple Definition of traduce
: to tell lies about (someone)
Examples of traduce in a sentence
He was traduced in the press.
<a law that traduces one of our most cherished rights: the right to privacy>
Did You Know?
Traduce is one of a number of English synonyms that you can choose when you need a word that means "to injure by speaking ill of." Choose "traduce" when you want to stress the deep personal humiliation, disgrace, and distress felt by the victim. If someone doesn't actually lie, but makes statements that injure by specific and often subtle misrepresentations, "malign" may be the more precise choice. To make it clear that the speaker is malicious and the statements made are false, "calumniate" is a good option. But if you need to say that certain statements represent an attempt to destroy a reputation by open and direct abuse, "vilify" is the word you want.
Origin and Etymology 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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