- 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 slanderer
Thanks to you, this enemy of civil society, this slanderer of women, is down.
That she who set285 out to destroy her slanderer should become his slave!
If the slanderer will stand forth and avow himself, I may know how to deal with him.Barrington
Charles James Lever
Burnet was a 'gossiper, slanderer, and notorious falsifier of facts.'Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
The groomsmen are denouncing him, as he deserves to be, as a slanderer and recreant.Marion's Faith.
- 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 slanderer
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.