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Synonyms for defame
dɪˈfeɪmde·fame

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defame

    Abuse covers all unreasonable or improper use or treatment by word or act. A tenant does not abuse rented property by "reasonable wear," though that may damage the property and injure its sale; he may abuse it by needless defacement or neglect. It is possible to abuse a man without harming him, as when the criminal vituperates the judge; or to harm a man without abusing him, as when the witness tells the truth about the criminal. Defame, malign, rail at, revile, slander, vilify, and vituperate are used always in a bad sense. One may be justly reproached. To impose on or to victimize one is to injure him by abusing his confidence. To persecute one is to ill-treat him for opinion's sake, commonly for religious belief; to oppress is generally for political or pecuniary motives. "Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy," Deut. xxiv, 14. Misemploy, misuse, and pervert are commonly applied to objects rather than to persons. A dissolute youth misemploys his time, misuses his money and opportunities, harms his associates, perverts his talents, wrongs his parents, ruins himself, abuses every good gift of God.

    Synonyms:
    abuse, aggrieve, damage, defile, disparage, harm, ill-treat, ill-use, impose on, impose upon, injure, malign, maltreat, misemploy, misuse, molest, oppress, persecute, pervert, prostitute, rail at, ravish, reproach, revile, ruin, slander, victimize, vilify, violate, vituperate, wrong

    Antonyms:
    applaud, benefit, care for, cherish, conserve, consider, eulogize, extol, favor, laud, panegyrize, praise, protect, regard, respect, shield, sustain, tend, uphold, vindicate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirchverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    besmirch, smudge, asperse, maculate, taint, smear, smutch, calumniate, tarnish, denigrate, minimize, slander, blur, defile, sully, stain, daub, smirch, corrupt, belittle, cloud, derogate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. defameverb

    Synonyms:
    asperse, slander, malign, calumniate, traduce, vilify, revile, lampoon, blacken, abuse, blemish, run down, speak ill of

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. defameverb

    Synonyms:
    calumniate, malign, vilify, lampoon, vituperate, slander

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "defame":

    slander, defamed, vilify, malign

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How to use defame in a sentence?

  1. Kahlil Gibran:

    The best of men is he who blushes when you praise him and remains silent when you defame him.

  2. Pope Francis:

    This is a disease of people who seek tirelessly to multiply power only aimed at calumny, and to defame and discredit others.

  3. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan:

    There are different factions of (witchcraft). While it doesn't bother me to release that particular thing, I most assuredly do not want to defame or demean any particular practice.

  4. Pat Boone:

    As much as I’ve enjoyed ‘ Saturday Night Live, ’ they went over the line, and believers in God deserve an apology, i wo n’t waste my breath demanding an apology. They don’t answer to me. They answer to the one they defame, and there are consequences.

  5. Leslee Udwin:

    My whole purpose was to give a gift of gratitude to India, to actually praise India, to single India out as a country that was exemplary in its response to this rape, as a country where one could actually see change beginning, the supreme irony is that they are now accusing me of having wanted to point fingers at India, defame India, and it is they who have committed international suicide by banning this film.


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