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Traduce  v. t.  (past & past part. traduced; pres. part. traducing)  
To transfer; to transmit; to hand down; as, to traduce mental qualities to one's descendants. (Obs.)
To translate from one language to another; as, to traduce and compose works. (Obs.)
To increase or distribute by propagation. (Obs.) "From these only the race of perfect animals were propagated and traduced over the earth."
To draw away; to seduce. (Obs.) "I can forget the weakness Of the traduced soldiers."
To represent; to exhibit; to display; to expose; to make an example of. (Obs.)
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." "He had the baseness... to traduce me in libel."
Synonyms: To calumniate; vilify; defame; disparage; detract; depreciate; decry; slander.

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"Traduce" Quotes from Famous Books

... the position of a layman was likely to resemble that of an ecclesiastic. His denial of the Visible Church, as represented by the Pope and Cardinals, sprang not from an irreverent, but from a reverent spirit. To accept them as exponents of Christ and Christianity was to blaspheme and traduce both, and therefore he only could be counted in the highest degree Christian who stood most completely opposed to them in spirit ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 8, No. 50, December, 1861 • Various

... utter, even to an enemy, what was false! And I must not soften the blow to her. I must not utter a word of love,—love, it is incest! I must endeavour brutally to crush out the very affection I created! She must hate me!—oh, teach her to hate me! Blacken my name, traduce my motives,—let her believe them levity or perfidy, what you will. So will she forget me the sooner; so will she the easier bear the sorrow which the father brings upon the child. And she has not sinned! O Heaven, the sin was mine! Let my punishment ...
— Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Words linked to "Traduce" :   denigrate, slander, traducement, badmouth, traducer, drag through the mud, calumniate, asperse, besmirch, smirch, defame, malign, smear

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