- 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 slanderous
His descriptions of Sen. Marco Rubio range from laughable to slanderous.The Messy, Sordid Story of Jim Greer, Charlie Crist’s Man to a Fault
June 29, 2014
Today, Dan Quayle defended his son against “ugly” and “slanderous” charges of writing for a scandalous website.The Polls Are Open
Samuel P. Jacobs
August 23, 2010
They had gone to the king, and filled his ear with slanderous reports.The Soul of a People
This, I may mention, is a slanderous libel on me, but it sounds all right as Dolly says it.The Right Stuff
I am tired, too,—tired of all these rumors and slanderous insinuations.The Mask
One cannot impute to them any vice, unless they are a little too slanderous.The Great Company
No slanderous tongues, but my own ears, are evidence against you.
- 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 slanderous
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.