(||Trad"i*tor) n. [L., fr. tradere, traditum. See Traitor.] (Eccl. Hist.) A deliverer; a name of
infamy given to Christians who delivered the Scriptures, or the goods of the church, to their persecutors
to save their lives. Milner.
(Tra*duce") 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.]
2. To translate from one language to another; as, to traduce and compose works. [Obs.] Golden Boke.
3. To increase or distribute by propagation. [Obs.]
From these only the race of perfect animals were propagated and traduced over the earth.Sir M. Hale.
4. To draw away; to seduce. [Obs.]
I can forget the weaknessBeau. & Fl.
Of the traduced soldiers.
5. To represent; to exhibit; to display; to expose; to make an example of. [Obs.] Bacon.
6. 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.Hooker.
He had the baseness . . . to traduce me in libel.Dryden.
Syn. To calumniate; vilify; defame; disparage; detract; depreciate; decry; slander.
(Tra*duce"ment) n. The act of traducing; misrepresentation; ill-founded censure; defamation; calumny.
(Tra*du"cent) a. [L. traducens, p. pr. of traducere. See Traduce.] Slanderous. [R.] Entick.
1. One who traduces; a slanderer; a calumniator. Bp. Hall.
2. One who derives or deduces. [Obs.] Fuller.
(Tra*du"cian) n. A believer in traducianism.
(Tra*du"cian*ism) n. (Theol.) The doctrine that human souls are produced by the act of
generation; - - opposed to creationism, and infusionism.
1. Capable of being derived or propagated. [Obs.] Sir M. Hale.
2. Capable of being traduced or calumniated. [R.]
(Tra*du"cing*ly), adv. In a traducing manner; by traduction; slanderously.