slander

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

Noun

slanderous \ ˈslan-​d(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce slanderous (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

Also outstanding is a scroll illustrating the legends of the Kitano Tenjin Shrine, a site dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, a famous poet, scholar and statesman who was slandered and exiled from the 10th-century imperial court. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Only one more week to seek outstanding second rotation of Japanese artworks in CMA’s big Shinto exhibition," 23 June 2019 Before his sentencing, the former Virginia resident publicly apologized for slandering North Korea’s leadership, collecting and passing confidential information to South Korea, and joining a smear campaign against the North’s human rights situation. Washington Post, "A look at the 3 Americans released by North Korea," 9 May 2018 Protesters slander us with picket signs reading unnatural, un-cultural, anti-national, anti-social, etc. Apoorva Malhotra, Quartz India, "A personal account of what it means to be gay in India," 17 July 2019 As a result of making this show, they get harassed, stalked and slandered every day for giving a platform to Scientology’s victims. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Stars react to their 2019 Emmy nominations," 16 July 2019 After he was slandered by rivals, the king banished him and did not follow his advice to ally with a rival kingdom for their mutual defense. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Dragon boats and rice dumplings are part of Lego’s big China plans," 6 June 2019 Its aesthetic high tide was The Birth of a Nation (1915), the silver-screen culmination of sentimental plantation novels that slandered Reconstruction and reimagined slavery as a chivalric idyll. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 May 2019 Before his sentencing, Kim apologized for slandering North Korea's leadership, collecting and passing confidential information to South Korea, and joining a smear campaign against the North's human rights situation. Los Angeles Times Staff Reporting, latimes.com, "A look at the 3 Americans released by North Korea," 9 May 2018 Beijing was quick to respond, urging Washington to stop slandering China and claiming that the Chinese government does not interfere in other countries' internal affairs. Fox News, "China, Russia take their turn at the UN," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But fearing this would undermine the legitimacy of their hero and that of the party itself, neo-Maoists have railed against such findings as slander and vilified the researchers. The Economist, "Inside the neo-Maoist movement in China," 17 July 2019 This toxic mix shamefully belittles the horrors of the Holocaust and amounts to a slander against American border agents facing an impossible situation. Jonathan Deluty, National Review, "Don’t Compare the Situation on the Border to the Holocaust," 16 July 2019 The spokesperson at the commissioner’s office denounced the claim as a blatant slander against China, which has confounded right with wrong and again exposed U.S. gangster logic and hegemonic thinking. Fox News, "US, China spar over Hong Kong after ‘thuggish regime’ remarks as activists launch latest airport protest," 10 Aug. 2019 An actual television host, Cui Yongyuan, accused the director of slander because the plot bore striking, if inaccurate, parallels to his own career. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "Fan Bingbing, China’s Top Actress, Talks of Comeback After Scandal," 2 Aug. 2019 Eberhard later sued Musk for libel and slander, in part for minimizing Eberhard’s contributions and claiming to be a co-founder of Tesla. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "In a throwback, Musk’s tweets target Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard," 17 June 2019 Orlin Root-Thalman, 38, pleaded guilty in March to a single count of criminal slander of title, a felony. Keith Schubert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Was it elder abuse or compassion for a stranger? Judge sentences man who took over elderly neighbor's home," 25 July 2019 The pope apologized but repeated the charge of slander on his flight back to Rome. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Pope Francis’ Handling of Sex-Abuse Cases Fractures a Catholic Stronghold," 19 Oct. 2018 There are, of course, limits to free speech rights — protections against libel and slander, laws against inciting riots. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Conservative activist Charlie Kirk won't be speaking at Stoneman Douglas, but many readers say he should be allowed to," 16 Apr. 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near slander

SLAN

slanchwise

SL and C

slander

slanderful

SL and T

slane

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More Definitions for slander

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 slanderous (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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