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slander

verb slan·der \ ˈslan-dər \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of slander

slandered; slandering play \ˈslan-d(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
: to utter slander against : defame

slanderer

play \ˈslan-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of slander in a Sentence

  1. She was accused of slandering her former boss.

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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

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slander

noun

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

slanderous

play \ˈslan-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.

Recent Examples of slander from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of slander

Middle English sclaundre, slaundre, from Anglo-French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, offense — more at scandal

SLANDER Defined for English Language Learners

slander

verb

Definition of slander for English Language Learners

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


slander

noun

Definition of slander for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SLANDER Defined for Kids

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slander

verb slan·der \ ˈslan-dər \

Definition of slander for Students

slandered; slandering
: to make a false and damaging statement against

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slander

noun

Definition of slander for Students

: a false statement that damages another person's reputation

Law Dictionary

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slander

transitive verb slan·der \ ˈslan-dər \

legal Definition of slander

: to utter slander against

slanderer

noun

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slander

noun

legal Definition of slander

1 : defamation of a person by unprivileged oral communication made to a third party; also : defamatory oral statements
2 : the tort of oral defamation
  • sued his former employer for slander
— compare defamation, false light, libel
Note: 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.

slanderous

play \ˈslan-də-rəs\ adjective

slanderously

adverb

slanderousness

noun

Origin and Etymology 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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