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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 7th August 2022
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traduce (verb) tra-DYUs or tra-DOOS (US)



Malign, defame, disparage.

Is it not interesting that Labour Members were prepared to junket around the former Soviet satellites in eastern Europe without mentioning anything about illegal occupation or the abuse of human rights which occurred there on a vastly greater scale than anything in Indonesia, yet they are prepared to malign and traduce a country that most of them could not find on a map if they were asked to do so?

Mr Nicholls, Commons Hansard, 14 June 1995. Commons Hansard

Dryden, for instance, sought a middle way between translation that was too literal and translation that was too free, seeking something that was acceptably English yet did not traduce the original.

Philip Bobbitt, The New York Times, 22 August 2007. New York Times

Just because you can make a suggestive anagram of a glamorous blonde celebrity's name (Ulrika Jonsson, for instance, yields "Sin journals? OK!"), doesn't mean that you should traduce an intelligent woman in this shabby way.

Mariella Frostrup, The Guardian, 3 January 2003. Guardian




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