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 for traduce
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Traduce \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.]
     1. To transfer; to transmit; to hand down; as, to traduce
        mental qualities to one's descendants. [Obs.] --Glanvill.
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     2. To translate from one language to another; as, to traduce
        and compose works. [Obs.] --Golden Boke.
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     3. To increase or distribute by propagation. [Obs.]
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              From these only the race of perfect animals were
              propagated and traduced over the earth. --Sir M.
                                                    Hale.
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     4. To draw away; to seduce. [Obs.]
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              I can forget the weakness
              Of the traduced soldiers.             --Beau. & Fl.
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     5. To represent; to exhibit; to display; to expose; to make
        an example of. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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     6. To expose to contempt or shame; to represent as blamable;
        to calumniate; to vilify; to defame.
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              The best stratagem that Satan hath . . . is by
              traducing the form and manner of them [prayers], to
              bring them into contempt.             --Hooker.
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              He had the baseness . . . to traduce me in libel.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     Syn: To calumniate; vilify; defame; disparage; detract;
          depreciate; decry; slander.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  traduce
      v 1: speak unfavorably about; "She badmouths her husband
           everywhere" [syn: badmouth, malign, traduce, drag
           through the mud]

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