Traduce (verb): To strongly criticize someone, especially in a way that harms their reputation. (बदनाम करना)
Synonyms: Slander, Smear, Vilify, Calumniate
Antonyms: Exalt, Glorify, Venerate, Revere
Example: My opponent in this campaign may villainously traduce me, but I will not stoop to his level.
A gratuitous recusal, much like a failure to recuse when faced with genuine conflicts of interest, traduces the rule of law.