Definition of defame
- defamed of witchcraft
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
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to hurt the reputation of (someone or something) especially by saying things that are false or unfair
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