Definition of defame in English:

defame

Line breaks: de¦fame
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfeɪm
 
/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

defamer

noun
More example sentences
  • If this be proved, then even positive belief in the truth of what is published will not enable the defamer to avail himself of the protection of the privilege to which he would otherwise have been entitled.
  • Putting it another way, in such circumstances the defamer cannot be said to be ‘telling deliberate and injurious falsehoods’.
  • The defamer might be willing to publish an apology; but to do so would be an act of grace on his part.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French diffamer, from Latin diffamare 'spread evil report', from dis- (expressing removal) + fama 'report'.

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