slander

verb
slan·​der | \ ˈslan-dər How to pronounce slander (audio) \
slandered; slandering\ ˈslan-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce slander (audio) \

Definition of slander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to utter slander against : defame

slander

noun

Definition of slander (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from slander

Verb

slanderer \ ˈslan-​dər-​ər How to pronounce slander (audio) \ noun

Noun

slanderous \ ˈslan-​d(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce slander (audio) \ adjective
slanderously adverb
slanderousness noun

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Verb

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

Examples of slander in a Sentence

Verb She was accused of slandering her former boss. Noun She is being sued for slander. He was a target of slander. We've heard countless unsupported slanders about her.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Following inter-Korean pledges not to slander each other, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong issued belligerent statements last year aimed at North Korean defectors in South Korea who sent leaflets across the border. Scott Snyder, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The lawyer representing the family of George Floyd expects the team defending the former police officer accused of murdering Floyd will try to slander his character. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 29 Mar. 2021 To slander crypto-mining as an inherently dirty business appears intellectually dishonest. Needless to say, gold has many more use cases at present – not just as coinage but in electronics and manufacturing. Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 She’s a xenophobe and a bigot who ruthlessly abused her position today to slander a woman, who has absolutely nothing to do with the daily business of Parler, simply because she was born outside of the United States. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, 21 Jan. 2021 And suddenly they would be held to higher standards--such as libel and slander laws. Arkansas Online, 6 Dec. 2020 The plan gets a little fuzzy at that last point, but the first two steps are clear: slander and sue. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2020 The thinking of Burke, de Mastre, or de Bonald also shows that the counterrevolutionary should not respond by adding more violence or slander to a time of crisis. Itxu Díaz, National Review, 3 Sep. 2020 Less than one day after the story was published, the regime used it to attack and slander Mr. López and pressure the Spanish government to hand him over to the dictatorship. WSJ, 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chris Schapira and Patricia Benitez filed the lawsuit May 3 in state district court, accusing Salazar of defamation and slander. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 8 May 2021 By 2016, Donald Trump turned media organizations from observers of national politics to targets of intimidation and slander, a campaign that ensnared even the snark-free coverage of the Associated Press. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 An article on April 24 about the slander industry described incorrectly the process that Anytime Mailbox uses in handling its clients’ mail. New York Times, 5 May 2021 Jones was arrested in July on charges of retaliation against a federal judge or federal law enforcement officer by false claim or slander, and aiding and abetting. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 In acquiescing in this slander, the military has succumbed to the same disease that has afflicted American universities, corporate boards, newsrooms, and the entertainment industry. Mackubin Owens, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021 Before Sullivan, lawsuits for slander and libel hadn’t been understood as implicating the First Amendment at all. Glenn Harlan Reynolds, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2021 In my estimation, this is realism — and non-slander of one’s own country. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 19 Mar. 2021 But the history of beer points to a not-so-magical legacy of transatlantic slander and gender roles. Laken Brooks, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of slander

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slander

Noun

Middle English sclaundre, slaundre, from Anglo-French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, offense — more at scandal entry 1

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“Slander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slander. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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slander

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

slander

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slander (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
slan·​der | \ ˈslan-dər How to pronounce slander (audio) \
slandered; slandering

Kids Definition of slander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a false and damaging statement against

slander

noun

Kids Definition of slander (Entry 2 of 2)

: a false statement that damages another person's reputation

slander

transitive verb
slan·​der | \ ˈslan-dər How to pronounce slander (audio) \

Legal Definition of slander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to utter slander against

Other Words from slander

slanderer noun

slander

noun

Legal Definition of slander (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

Other Words from slander

slanderous \ ˈslan-​də-​rəs How to pronounce slander (audio) \ adjective
slanderously adverb
slanderousness noun

History and Etymology for slander

Noun

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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