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Synonyms for defame
dɪˈfeɪm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch(verb)

    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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. defame(v. a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. defame(v)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "defame":

    slander, defamed, vilify, malign

How to pronounce defame?

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How to use defame in a sentence?

  1. The SPLC:

    All anti-Muslim hate groups exhibit extreme hostility toward Muslims, anti-Muslim hate groups also broadly defame Islam, which they tend to treat as a monolithic and evil religion. These groups generally hold that Islam has no values in common with other cultures, is inferior to the West and is a violent political ideology rather than a religion.

  2. Hyeon Soo Lim:

    The worst crime I committed was to rashly defame and insult the highest dignity and the system of the republic.

  3. 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.

  4. Pope Francis:

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

  5. 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.


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