Meaning of “defame” in the English Dictionary

"defame" in British English

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defameverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈfeɪm/ us /dɪˈfeɪm/ formal
defamation
noun [ U ] uk /ˌdef.əˈmeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌdef.əˈmeɪ.ʃən/

He is suing for defamation of character.
defamatory
adjective uk /dɪˈfæm.ə.tər.i/ us /dɪˈfæm.ə.tɔːr.i/

He claims the remarks were highly defamatory.

(Definition of “defame” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defame" in American English

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defameverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈfeɪm/

to damage someone’s or something’s reputation by saying or writing bad things that are not true:

He was behind the propaganda campaign to defame his political opponent.
defamation
noun [ U ] us /ˌdef·əˈmeɪ·ʃən/

(Definition of “defame” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"defame" in Business English

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defameverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈfeɪm/ us LAW

to harm someone's reputation by saying or writing bad things about them:

It is possible to defame a company as companies are considered to have a legal 'personality'.

(Definition of “defame” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)