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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Defame  \De*fame"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Defamed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Defaming}.]  [OE.  defamen,  diffamen,  from  F.  diffamer,  or 
  OF  perh.  defamer,  fr  L.  diffamare  (cf.  defamatus  infamous); 
  dis-  (in  this  word  confused  with  de)  +  fama  a  report.  See 
  {Fame}.] 
  1.  To  harm  or  destroy  the  good  fame  or  reputation  of  to 
  disgrace;  especially,  to  speak  evil  of  maliciously;  to 
  dishonor  by  slanderous  reports;  to  calumniate;  to  asperse. 
 
  2.  To  render  infamous;  to  bring  into  disrepute. 
 
  My  guilt  thy  growing  virtues  did  defame;  My 
  blackness  blotted  thy  unblemish'd  name  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  charge;  to  accuse.  [R.] 
 
  Rebecca  is  .  .  .  defamed  of  sorcery  practiced  on  the 
  person  of  a  noble  knight.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  Syn:  To  asperse;  slander;  calumniate;  vilify.  See  {Asperse}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Defame  \De*fame"\,  n. 
  Dishonor.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  defame 
  v  :  charge  falsely  or  with  malicious  intent;  attack  the  good 
  name  and  reputation  of  someone  "The  journalists  have 
  defamed  me!"  The  article  in  the  paper  sullied  my 
  reputation"  [syn:  {slander},  {smirch},  {asperse},  {denigrate}, 
  {calumniate},  {smear},  {sully},  {besmirch}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  DEFAME,  v.t.  To  lie  about  another.  To  tell  the  truth  about  another. 
 
 




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