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Definition of "defame" []

  • To damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander or libel. See Synonyms at malign. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To disgrace. (verb-transitive)
  • To attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To indict or accuse (verb)

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Use "defame" in a sentence
  • "Can Ms. Moore "defame" Mrs. Palin through the medium of dance, for example?"
  • "Would the senator make it a crime to "defame" the flag?"
  • "Those restrictions included jail for journalists who "defame" the president, government or army."