- defamation; calumny: rumors full of slander.
- a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his good name.
- Law. defamation by oral utterance rather than by writing, pictures, etc.
- to utter slander against; defame.
- to utter or circulate slander.
Origin of slander
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Examples from the Web for slander
But none of this stops Kennedy from trafficking in slander and nonsense.Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Twisted Anti-Vaxx History
July 23, 2014
Martyrdom, in this context, being defined as “mockery, slander, ostracism.”‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream
July 22, 2014
Obviously, a federal judge so inclined could very easily find that the offensive name constitutes fighting words or slander.So Redskins Sponsor FedEx Is OK With That Racist Team Name, Too?
June 20, 2014
Alinejad spoke with IranWire about the slander and how she plans to fight it.Iran Says Take Off the Veil—and Be Raped
June 9, 2014
Anonymous did not invent the spread of slander posing as news.The New Vigilantes
October 19, 2013
I shall be good friends with her, when you are no longer here to slander me to her.Brave and Bold
It was a slander, they could not, they would not believe it.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
He tould me your honour—which is a slander, as we all here can witness, can't we?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
We should not so slander the author of the Shakespearean plays.
Life is too brief to spend much thought on taunts or slander.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
- defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc
- a slanderous statement, etc
- any false or defamatory words spoken about a person; calumny
- to utter or circulate slander (about)
Word Origin and History for slander
late 13c., "state of impaired reputation, disgrace or dishonor;" c.1300, "a false tale; the fabrication and dissemination of false tales," from Anglo-French esclaundre, Old French esclandre "scandalous statement," alteration ("with interloping l" [Century Dictionary]) of escandle, escandre "scandal," from Latin scandalum "cause of offense, stumbling block, temptation" (see scandal). From late 14c. as "bad situation, evil action; a person causing such a state of affairs."
c.1300, from Anglo-French esclaundrer, Old French esclandrer, from esclandre (see slander (n.)). Related: Slandered; slandering; slanderer.