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