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slander

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of slander

slanderedslandering play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. :  to utter slander against :  defame

slanderer play \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of slander in a sentence

  1. She was accused of slandering her former boss.



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


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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

slanderous play \-d(ə-)rəs\ adjective
slanderously adverb
slanderousness noun

Examples of slander in a sentence

  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


SLANDER Defined for Kids

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slander

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verb slan·der \ˈslan-dər\

Definition of slander for Students

slanderedslandering

  1. :  to make a false and damaging statement against




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slander

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noun slan·der

Definition of slander for Students

  1. :  a false statement that damages another person's reputation




Law Dictionary

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slander

play
transitive verb slan·der \ˈslan-dər\

Legal Definition of slander

  1. :  to utter slander against

slanderer noun



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slander

noun slan·der

Legal Definition of slander

  1. 1 :  defamation of a person by unprivileged oral communication made to a third party; also :  defamatory oral statements

  2. 2 :  the tort of oral defamation <sued his former employer for slander> — compare defamation, false light, libel

slanderous \ˈslan-də-rəs\ play adjective
slanderously adverb
slanderousness noun


Additional Notes on slander

An action for slander may be brought without alleging and proving special damages if the statements in question have a plainly harmful character, as by imputing to the plaintiff criminal guilt, serious sexual misconduct, or conduct or a characteristic affecting his or her business or profession.

Origin of slander

Anglo-French esclandre, from Old French escandle esclandre scandal, from Late Latin scandalum moral stumbling block, disgrace, from Greek skandalon, literally, snare, trap



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