- 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 slanderers
I cannot meet the whole array of these slanderers, but upon this one I will fix.'Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
He hopes his slanderers will be punished, or it will be a precedent to others.The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1
Because the King, deceived by slanderers, pronounced me worthy of punishment.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
I declare miscreants and slanderers any who shall think or say the contrary.Child Life In Town And Country
But I thank God there are three things which consume the slanderers.The Makers of Modern Rome
Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
- 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 slanderers
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.