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dif-fāmo , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. fama, spread abroad by an ill report; to publish, divulge.
B. To decry, defame, malign: “viros feminasque procacibus scriptis,Tac. A. 1, 72; cf.: “aliquem probroso carmine,id. ib. 15, 49: aliquem probris, Ap. M. 1, p. 107; Vulg. Matt. 9, 31.— With acc. and inf.: diffamat, incendio repentino domum suam possideri, Ap. M. 4, p. 147.—
II. To declare, make known, proclaim widely (late Lat.): “Deus diffamatur,Aug. de Morib. Eccl. 14: “sermonem,Vulg. Marc. 1, 45.
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