• (British) IPA: /dɪˈfeɪm/

defame (defames, present participle defaming; past and past participle defamed)

  1. To disgrace; to bring into disrepute. [from 4th c.]
    • My guilt thy growing virtues did defame; / My blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name.
  2. (now, chiefly, historical) To charge; to accuse (someone) of an offence. [from 14th c.]
    Rebecca is […] defamed of sorcery practised on the person of a noble knight.
  3. To harm or diminish the reputation of; to disparage. [from 4th c.]
    to defame somebody
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  1. (now, rare, archaic) Disgrace, dishonour. [from 14th c.]
    • 1613, John Marston, William Barksted, The Insatiate Countess, I.1:
      And all the sparks that may bring unto flame / Hate betwixt man and wife, or breed defame.
  2. (now, rare or nonstandard) Defamation; slander, libel. [from 15th c.]

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