Synonyms of defame in English:


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1‘he had been defamed by an article in a tabloid newspaper’


libel, slander, malign, cast aspersions on, smear, traduce, blacken the character of, blacken the name of, give someone a bad name, defame someone's character, sully someone's reputation, run down, speak evil of, speak ill of, back-bite, run a smear campaign against, calumniate, vilify, besmirch, tarnish, stigmatize, disparage, denigrate, discredit, decry, insult, lie about, tell lies about

informal do a hatchet job on, fling mud at, sling mud at, throw mud at, drag through the mire, drag through the mud

North American slur

British informal slag off

North American informal bad-mouth

rare asperse, derogate, vilipend