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defaming


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  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}. 




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