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transitive verb slan·der \ˈslan-dər\

Simple Definition of slander

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

Full Definition of slander

slan·deredslan·der·ing play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. :  to utter slander against :  defame

slan·der·er play \-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>

13th Century

First Known Use of slander

13th century

Synonym Discussion of slander

malign, traduce, asperse, vilify, calumniate, defame, slander mean to injure by speaking ill of. malign suggests specific and often subtle misrepresentation but may not always imply deliberate lying <the most maligned monarch in British history>. traduce stresses the resulting ignominy and distress to the victim <so traduced the governor that he was driven from office>. asperse implies continued attack on a reputation often by indirect or insinuated detraction <both candidates aspersed the other's motives>. vilify implies attempting to destroy a reputation by open and direct abuse <no criminal was more vilified in the press>. calumniate imputes malice to the speaker and falsity to the assertions <falsely calumniated as a traitor>. defame stresses the actual loss of or injury to one's good name <sued them for defaming her reputation>. slander stresses the suffering of the victim <town gossips slandered their good name>.

Rhymes with slander



noun slan·der

Simple Definition of slander

  • : 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. 1 :  the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation

  2. 2 :  a false and defamatory oral statement about a person — compare libel

slan·der·ous play \-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

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February 6, 2016

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