slander


1slan·der

transitive verb \ˈslan-dər\

: to make a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone

slan·deredslan·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SLANDER

:  to utter slander against :  defame
slan·der·er \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of SLANDER

  1. She was accused of slandering her former boss.
  2. <for some reason, that newspaper seems determined to slander one particular celebrity>

First Known Use of SLANDER

13th century

2slander

noun

: the act of making a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone

: a false spoken statement that is made to cause people to have a bad opinion of someone

Full Definition of SLANDER

1
:  the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation
2
:  a false and defamatory oral statement about a person — compare libel
slan·der·ous \-d(ə-)rəs\ adjective
slan·der·ous·ly adverb
slan·der·ous·ness noun

Examples of SLANDER

  1. She is being sued for slander.
  2. He was a target of slander.
  3. We've heard countless unsupported slanders about her.

Origin of SLANDER

Middle English sclaundre, slaundre, from Anglo-French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, offense — more at scandal
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Legal Terms

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