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

  Defame \De*fame"\, n.
     Dishonor. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Defame \De*fame"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defamed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Defaming.] [OE. defamen, diffamen, from F. diffamer, or
     OF. perh. defamer, fr. L. diffamare (cf. defamatus infamous);
     dis- (in this word confused with de) + fama a report. See
     1. To harm or destroy the good fame or reputation of; to
        disgrace; especially, to speak evil of maliciously; to
        dishonor by slanderous reports; to calumniate; to asperse.
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     2. To render infamous; to bring into disrepute.
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              My guilt thy growing virtues did defame;
              My blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name. --Dryden.
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     3. To charge; to accuse. [R.]
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              Rebecca is . . . defamed of sorcery practiced on the
              person of a noble knight.             --Sir W.
     Syn: To asperse; slander; calumniate; vilify. See Asperse.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: 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" [syn: defame, slander, smirch, asperse,
           denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  39 Moby Thesaurus words for "defame":
     asperse, attaint, bad-mouth, belie, bespatter, blacken, blot,
     blow upon, brand, calumniate, cast aspersions on,
     cast reflections on, censure, defile, denigrate, disapprove,
     disparage, expose, expose to infamy, gibbet, hang in effigy, libel,
     malign, misrepresent, pillory, reprimand, scandalize, slander,
     slur, smear, soil, stain, stigmatize, sully, taint, tarnish,
     throw mud at, traduce, vilify

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  DEFAME, v.t.  To lie about another.  To tell the truth about another.

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