HyperDic: defame

English > 1 sense of the word defame:
VERBcommunicationdefame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirchcharge falsely / falsely or with malicious intent
defame > pronunciation
Soundsdihfey'm
Rhymesacclaim ... tame: 34 rhymes with eym...
English > defame: 1 sense > verb 1, communication
MeaningCharge falsely / falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Example"The journalists have defamed me!""The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
Synonymsslander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch
NarrowerassassinateDestroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation
badmouth, malign, traduce, drag through the mudspeak unfavorably about
libelPrint slanderous statements against
Broadercharge, accuseblame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
Spanishcalumniar, denigrar, difamar, reputación
Catalancalumniar, denigrar, difamar, indultar, injuriar
Adjectivesdefamatory(used of statements) harmful and often untrue
Nounsdefamationan abusive attack on a person's character or good name
defamationa false / false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
defamerone who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel

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