Tra*duce" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Traduced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Traducing (?).] [L. traducere, traductum, to lead across, lead along, exhibit as a spectacle, disgrace, transfer, derive; trans across, over + ducere to lead: cf. F. traduire to transfer, translate, arraign, fr. L. traducere. See Duke.]

1.

To transfer; to transmit; to hand down; as, to traduce mental qualities to one's descendants.

[Obs.]

Glanvill.

2.

To translate from one language to another; as, to traduce and compose works.

[Obs.]

Golden Boke.

3.

To increase or distribute by propagation.

[Obs.]

From these only the race of perfect animals were propagated and traduced over the earth. Sir M. Hale.

4.

To draw away; to seduce.

[Obs.]

I can forget the weakness Of the traduced soldiers. Beau. & Fl.

5.

To represent; to exhibit; to display; to expose; to make an example of.

[Obs.]

Bacon.

6.

To expose to contempt or shame; to represent as blamable; to calumniate; to vilify; to defame.

The best stratagem that Satan hath . . . is by traducing the form and manner of them [prayers], to bring them into contempt. Hooker.

He had the baseness . . . to traduce me in libel. Dryden.

Syn. -- To calumniate; vilify; defame; disparage; detract; depreciate; decry; slander.

 

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