de·fame /dɪˈfem, di-/
De·fame v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defamed p. pr. & vb. n. Defaming.]
1. 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.
2. To render infamous; to bring into disrepute.
My guilt thy growing virtues did defame;
My blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name. --Dryden.
3. To charge; to accuse. [R.]
Rebecca is . . . defamed of sorcery practiced on the person of a noble knight. --Sir W. Scott.
Syn: -- To asperse; slander; calumniate; vilify. See Asperse.
De·fame, n. Dishonor. [Obs.]
v : 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" [syn: slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate,
calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch]