defame

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v defame 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Defame Dishonor. "To the disglory of God's name."
    • Defame To charge; to accuse. "Rebecca is . . . defamed of sorcery practiced on the person of a noble knight."
    • Defame 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.
    • Defame To render infamous; to bring into disrepute. "My guilt thy growing virtues did defame ;
      My blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defame To slander or calumniate, as by uttering or publishing maliciously something which tends to injure the reputation or interests of; speak evil of; dishonor by false reports.
    • defame To charge; accuse; especially, to accuse falsely.
    • defame To degrade; bring into disrepute; make infamous.
    • defame Synonyms Calumniate, Slander, etc. See asperse.
    • n defame Infamy; disgrace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Defame de-fām′ to take away or destroy the good fame or reputation of: to speak evil of: to charge falsely
    • n Defame (Spens.) infamy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

It renders deliberate libellers and defamers immune against the action of the law.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
There he found Anthony Panton continuing his campaign of defamation against him.
"Virginia Under Charles I And Cromwell, 1625-1660" by Wilcomb E. Washburn
On the other hand why shouldn't they all double-cross and prey on and defame and applaud each other to their heart's content?
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Beauty is blacke, defam'd by wicked men, And yet must euery beauty make men sue?
"Seven Minor Epics of the English Renaissance (1596-1624)" by Dunstan Gale
Her arms went out instinctively across the keyboard, as if she would protect the instrument from his defaming touch.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
The merest contact with such a man must defile, defame her.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
He was accused, in his attempted impeachment, of having defamed the character of the English clergy.
"History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II." by James Anthony Froude
Men of honour do not, as a rule, even permit their friends to defame their wives.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
A man himself accuse thus and defame!
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
Doctor Murner was to be arraigned before the Confederates in Baden, to answer for defamation of Zurich and Bern.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
For what purpose, then, are they retained, unless it be for that of imposition and wilful defamation?
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Such wholesale defamation when applied to the early settlers of Iowa ought not to be dismissed with a shrug.
"History of the Constitutions of Iowa" by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
The brand of Cain doth defame a man and carries its curse with it.
"The Laughing Cavalier" by Baroness Orczy
You will not defame my lady, will you?
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
Having defamed the honored name of Dale made the matter of still greater importance.
"Dorothy Dale at Glenwood School" by Margaret Penrose
He was a southern gentleman, and he said nothing to his defamers.
"Famous Flyers" by J. J. Grayson
In appraising the value of Blake's defamation of the Greeks' inspiration, one must remember that he was not a profound Grecian.
"William Blake" by Charles Gardner
No cruelty must ever defame it, no malice, no gross bitterness.
"The Sick-a-Bed Lady" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Nothing was seene in hir that could defame hir renoume.
"The Palace of Pleasure" by William Painter
Your cousin has defamed and slandered you: without relenting and without ceasing.
"The Orange Girl" by Walter Besant
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In poetry:

What is Truth? the sland'rer says—
Is it to blast my neighbours' name;
Them defaming all my days—
Acting as though I had no shame?
"What Is Truth?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Never again shall the manacles gall you
Never again shall the whip stroke defame!
Nobles and Freemen, your destinies call you
Onward to honor, to glory and fame.
"Emancipation" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
On the stage their act hath framed
For thy sports, O Liberty!
Doubted are they, and defamed
By the tongues their act set free,
While they quicken, tend and raise
Power that must their power displace.
"The Pro-Consuls" by Rudyard Kipling
John A. Calhoun, my Joe John, don't pout about your name;
It never will disgrace you, John, but you may it defame
By doing silly things, John, and things, you ought to know,
Will but recoil upon yourself, John A. Calhoun, my Joe.
"John A. Calhoun, My Joe John" by David John Scott
Yet, though treason and fierce unreason should league and lie and defame
and smite,
We that know thee, how far below thee the hatred burns of the sons of
night,
We that love thee, behold above thee the witness written of life in
light.
"England CXVII" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Jehovah! Jehovah! I slew him, the scourge and sting of Thy Nation.
Take from me his spirit, take from me the voice of his blood.
With madness I rave--by day and by night, defamation!
Jehovah, release me! Jehovah! if still Thou art God!
"Jael" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Ariel Winter's mom sues associate of 'Modern Family' star for defamation .
Ariel Winter's Mother Sues Actor for Defamation .
Bernie Fine accusers file appeal in defamation case against Jim Boeheim and Syracuse University.
Bobby Davis and Mike Lang have filed for an appeal in the defamation case.
'Modern Family' actress Ariel Winter's mom sues her for defamation .
Ariel Winter's mom sues actor for defamation , saying he called her an 'abusive monster' online.
Vincent Siemer, who seeks to expose judicial system 'corruption,' was found guilty of defamation in 2011 More.
The man who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Florida sued NBC yesterday, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police to make it sound as if he was racist.
George Zimmerman sues NBC for defamation .
GeorgeZimmerman Sues NBC For Defamation .
George Zimmerman is suing NBC for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
George Zimmerman sued NBC on Thursday, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin to make it sound like he was racist.
Democrats to give away JZ Knight's donations to the Anti- Defamation League and to R-74.
Judge dismisses defamation action against Jefferson County sheriff's detective .
The forces challenging incumbent Mayor Cory Booker cried foul when they were served last week with a defamation lawsuit from Newark police director Garry McCarthy.
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In science:

Some colleagues used to apply the defaming expression “post-dictions” to explanations.
Strange Quark Matter Theory
This last affirmation smacks simply of defamation though it is interesting, nonetheless, to try to understand why religion for Sokal (and Bricmont) is a pseudoscience in the same way that astrology is.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
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