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.]
To transfer; to transmit; to hand down; as, to traduce mental qualities to one's descendants.
To translate from one language to another; as, to traduce and compose works.
To increase or distribute by propagation.
From these only the race of perfect animals were propagated and traduced over the earth.
Sir M. Hale.
To draw away; to seduce.
I can forget the weakness
Of the traduced soldiers.
Beau. & Fl.
To represent; to exhibit; to display; to expose; to make an example of.
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.
He had the baseness . . . to traduce me in libel.
Syn. -- To calumniate; vilify; defame; disparage; detract; depreciate; decry; slander.
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