De*fame" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defamed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Defaming.] [OE. defamen, diffamen, from F. diffamer, or OF. perh. defamer, fr. L. diffamare (cf. defamatus infamous); dis- (in this word confused with de) + fama a report. See Fame.]

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.

 

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De*fame", n.

Dishonor.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

 

© Webster 1913.

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