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defame

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of defame

  1. 1 to make untrue and harmful statements about of course I want to win the election, but I refuse to defame my opponent in order to do so Synonyms of defame asperse, blacken, calumniate, slander, libel, malign, smear, traduce, vilifyWords Related to defame belittle, denigrate, detract, disparage; discredit, disgrace, dishonor, shame; abase, debase, degrade, humble, humiliate; disdain, scornNear Antonyms of defame exalt, glorify, honor; acclaim, applaud, commend, praise; esteem, respect; admire, regard; adore, revere, venerate, worship

  2. 2 archaic  to make a claim of wrongdoing against so the harmless old woman was defamed of witchcraft Synonyms of defame charge, criminate, accuse [archaic], impeach, incriminate, indictWords Related to defame blame, call (on), castigate, censure, condemn, criticize, damn, denounce, fault, impugn, reproach, reprobate; chide, rebuke, reprove, tax; appeal, arraign, book, cite, summon; prosecute, sue, try; frame, implicate, inculpate, inform (against), name, report; recriminate, retaliateNear Antonyms of defame advocate, champion, defend; excuse, forgive, justify, pardon, remit, shriveAntonyms of defame absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate

Synonym Discussion of defame

malign, traduce, asperse, vilify, calumniate, defame, slander mean to injure by speaking ill of. malign suggests specific and often subtle misrepresentation but may not always imply deliberate lying.
    • the most maligned monarch in British history
traduce stresses the resulting ignominy and distress to the victim.
    • so traduced the governor that he was driven from office
asperse implies continued attack on a reputation often by indirect or insinuated detraction.
    • both candidates aspersed the other's motives
vilify implies attempting to destroy a reputation by open and direct abuse.
    • no criminal was more vilified in the press
calumniate imputes malice to the speaker and falsity to the assertions.
    • falsely calumniated as a traitor
defame stresses the actual loss of or injury to one's good name.
    • sued them for defaming her reputation
slander stresses the suffering of the victim.
    • town gossips slandered their good name

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