Definition of traduce in US English:



[with object]
  • Speak badly of or tell lies about (someone) so as to damage their reputation.

    • ‘You have the farce of someone who won the resources back for health services being traduced in the press.’
    • ‘Were I to use the same language when referring to the black underclass however, I would be traduced as racist, probably fascist and definitely non-PC.’
    • ‘No, I believe the whole thing is a dastardly plot to malign and traduce a great man.’
    • ‘You traduced my name around the world without ever having asked me a single question.’
    • ‘But it would be surprising if he didn't feel a little traduced by Morris.’
    • ‘Unless the individuals are willing to confirm that the events occurred I do not believe that it is appropriate to traduce a man's reputation any further by this kind of reportage.’
    • ‘Secondly, the powers of this Board include, as a matter of authority and as a matter of reality, the ability to traduce the plaintiff's reputation quite seriously.’
    • ‘And to attempt to sound dignified and saddened at being traduced by the ingrate just makes the humiliation complete.’
    • ‘Indeed, I am frequently amazed at the way some sports figures are traduced in the press, sometimes by writers with agendas to pursue.’
    • ‘He's perfectly happy, Mr Speaker, to stand by and allow his senior colleagues to traduce his reputation under Parliamentary privilege, Mr Speaker.’
    • ‘Such allegiances in the Kingdom are not to be traduced lightly.’
    • ‘A growing public morality and probity based on notions of charity and human regard should not be traduced by slurs such as ‘political correctness’, with implicit support for an official ‘incorrectness’.’
    • ‘Its vaunted public service ethos, the tradition that over the years produced original and creative drama, entertainment, and comedy, has been traduced and subordinated to commercial ambition.’
    • ‘There are very few people who stand firmly by their principles throughout their lives, however much they are traduced and vilified and treated as if they were beyond the pale.’
    • ‘Those involved in the project believe the study has traduced them, and their side of the story has not been a fair hearing.’
    defame, slander, speak ill of, speak evil of, gossip about, misrepresent, malign, vilify, calumniate, denigrate, disparage, slur, decry, sully, impugn, smear, besmirch, dishonour, back-bite, revile, run down, blacken the name of, cast aspersions on
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘transport, transmit’): from Latin traducere ‘lead in front of others, expose to ridicule’, from trans- ‘over, across’ + ducere ‘to lead’.