Definition of defame verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

defame

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪm//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defame
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪm//
 
he / she / it defames
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪmz//
 
past simple defamed
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪmd//
 
past participle defamed
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪmd//
 
-ing form defaming
BrE BrE//dɪˈfeɪmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfeɪmɪŋ//
 
 
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defame somebody/something (formal) to harm somebody by saying or writing bad or false things about them The newspaper denies any intention to defame the senator’s reputation. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French diffamer, from Latin diffamare ‘spread evil report’, from dis- (expressing removal) + fama ‘report’.
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