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SLANDER VS. LIBEL
What's the difference between slander and libel?
Slander and libel and are both forms of defamation—the act of attacking someone’s character or reputation, especially by making false statements about them. The difference is that such statements are considered slander when they are simply spoken in the presence of other people, whereas they are considered libel when they are published or broadcast in some way, such as being written in an article, spoken on TV, or printed on a sign that’s posted in a public place.
Both words can also be used as verbs meaning to defame someone in such a way. In a legal context, slander and libel can both be considered crimes. For an action to be considered slander or libel, it must be proven to have done some damage to a person’s reputation. Slander is often much harder to prove because it involves simply saying something, whereas libel often involves a permanent record of the statement.
You can remember the difference by thinking about the first letter of each word: slander typically involves speaking, while libel typically involves a lasting document of what was said.
Here’s an example of slander and libel used correctly in a sentence.
Example: The court determined that the defendant’s statements constituted slander, but did not rise to the level of libel since they were not published or broadcast.
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Quiz yourself on slander vs. libel!
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How to use slander in a sentence
Queen Noor Al Hussein, Hamzah’s American-born mother and a stepmother to the king, tweeted on Sunday that “truth and justice will prevail for all the innocent victims of this wicked slander.”Jordan’s royal family feud and alleged coup plot, explained|Alex Ward|April 9, 2021|Vox
I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail.
That Stone would slander the democratic, pro-Western, EuroMaidan revolution as a CIA coup is no surprise.
But none of this stops Kennedy from trafficking in slander and nonsense.
Martyrdom, in this context, being defined as “mockery, slander, ostracism.”‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream|Candida Moss|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Michael Tomasky|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Alinejad spoke with IranWire about the slander and how she plans to fight it.
Instead of writing slander and flat blasphemy, they propose to draw it, and not draw it mild.
As the actions of slander and libel have been described, only two others require notice, mandamus and quo warranto.
The publication of the same slander by different persons is not a joint tort, it is a distinct wrong done by each slanderer.
The Queen makes a long speech, expressing her deep grief at the calumnies and slander that beset her.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
But if so—what an amazing and incredible thing was the mesh of slander and falsehood in which he had been entangled!Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for slander
- defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc
- a slanderous statement, etc