Monday, March 3, 2008

Vocabulary: traduce


tra·duce (tr-ds, -dys)
tr.v. tra·duced, tra·duc·ing, tra·duc·es
To cause humiliation or disgrace to by making malicious and false statements. See Synonyms at malign.

[Latin trdcere, to lead as a spectacle, dishonor : tr-, trns-, trans- + dcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

tra·ducement n.
tra·ducer n.
tra·ducing·ly adv.

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Thesaurus Legend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Verb1.traduce - speak unfavorably about; "She badmouths her husband everywhere"
asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, slander, smirch, denigrate, sully, smear - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"

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