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traduce

Syllabification: tra·duce
Pronunciation: /trəˈd(y)o͞os
 
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Definition of traduce in English:

verb

[with object]
Speak badly of or tell lies about (someone) so as to damage their reputation.
Example sentences
  • No, I believe the whole thing is a dastardly plot to malign and traduce a great man.
  • Indeed, I am frequently amazed at the way some sports figures are traduced in the press, sometimes by writers with agendas to pursue.
  • He's perfectly happy, Mr Speaker, to stand by and allow his senior colleagues to traduce his reputation under Parliamentary privilege, Mr Speaker.
Synonyms
defame, slander, speak ill of, misrepresent, malign, vilify, denigrate, disparage, slur, impugn, smear, besmirch, run down, blacken the name of, cast aspersions on
informal badmouth, dis, talk smack

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'transport, transmit'): from Latin traducere 'lead in front of others, expose to ridicule', from trans- 'over, across' + ducere 'to lead'.

Derivatives

traducement

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Don't trust their bright shining lies, don't fall prey to their traducements and self-enamored pieties.
  • Now he is turning his attention to another, the politicized traducement of American history.
  • But even within these limits there are misunderstandings and traducements to be avoided.

traducer

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Those casual, flippant traducers just wouldn't go away.
  • We come not to dominate you, as our traducers allege against us, nor yet to encroach on your own perfect and sacred rights.
  • He said that the traducers of his boss were behind the allegations of corruption against the governor.

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