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