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slander

[ slan-der ]
/ ˈslæn dər /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to utter slander against; defame.

verb (used without object)

to utter or circulate slander.

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Origin of slander

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English noun s(c)laundre, from Anglo-French esclaundre, Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Late Latin scandalum “cause of offense, snare” (see scandal); Middle English verb s(c)laundren “to cause to lapse morally, bring to disgrace, discredit, defame,” from Anglo-French esclaund(e)rer, from Old French esc(l)andrer, esc(l)andir, derivative of esclandre
1. defamation, libel, slander 2. defame, libel, slander
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British Dictionary definitions for slander

slander
/ (ˈslɑːndə) /

noun

law
  1. defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc
  2. a slanderous statement, etc
any false or defamatory words spoken about a person; calumny

verb

to utter or circulate slander (about)
slanderer, nounslanderous, adjectiveslanderously, adverbslanderousness, noun
C13: via Anglo-French from Old French escandle, from Late Latin scandalum a cause of offence; see scandal
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