slander

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

Essential Meaning of slander

: to make a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone She was accused of slandering her former boss.

Full 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

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 ULPs can remain tied up in court for years while unions use fabricated charges and technicalities to slander employers, aid organizing campaigns or force voluntary recognition. WSJ, 21 Sep. 2021 The real industry is the network of academics, lawyers, activists, and funders who libel and slander critics of Islamism, even those who cautiously stipulate between Islam and Islamism. A. J. Caschetta, National Review, 26 July 2021 Timanovskaya said the Belarusian media have already started to slander her in recent days over the incident. Donald Judd, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 Since then, the man said the woman had been contacting him continuously and threatened to post his criminal history online in order to slander his name. John Benson, cleveland, 28 July 2021 From the safety of her tenured position at Rutgers University, Noura Erakat, assistant professor of Africana studies and criminal justice, is always willing to overlook Palestinian violence and slander Israel. A. J. Caschetta, National Review, 13 July 2021 The discourse and censorship of scientific debate, including the journal publication process, tech-company censorship, political interference, and slander and smearing within the scientific community. Martin Kulldorff And Jay Bhattacharya, WSJ, 27 June 2021 There’s been accusations of scamming, slander, and plagiarism. Will Bedingfield, Wired, 13 June 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That's been the case ever since Queen Victoria's son Bertie, later Edward VII, appeared as a witness in two court cases (a divorce case and a slander case) in the late 19th century, which was utterly shocking to Victorian Britain at the time. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 Her allies—also a formidable political force—believe this to be vicious slander. Lara Prendergast, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Theo cannot stand for this slander and screams that NONE of this will bring Natalie back. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 17 Oct. 2021 The characterization appears to draw directly from the blood libel slander, the medieval and modern conspiracy theory that Jews annually kidnap and murder Christian children. David M. Perry, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 This is in addition to the all-too frequent use of slander and stereotypes of Islam on social media platforms. Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CNN, 4 Sep. 2021 Nobody on the beach is gonna stand for that kind of slander. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 25 Aug. 2021 What Briscoe launched as a light romantic drama has become a serious legal one, with allegations of slander and harassment both by and against her. Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2021 No charges were filed against Neymar in the case, and the Brazilian authorities eventually charged Trindade, who publicly identified herself as Neymar’s accuser, with slander, extortion and fraud. Kevin Draper, New York Times, 27 May 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 2 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for slander

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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