verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- slamming stile,
- slang dictionary,
- slanging match,
Origin of slander
Examples from the Web for slanderers
But the fact that the slanderers were never punished caused these calumnies to be long repeated, and even in part believed.The Empress Frederick; a memoir|Anonymous
Nevertheless I still live; and there will come a day when Sigismund and Gertrude shall be comforted and the slanderers punished.The Autobiography of a Slander|Edna Lyall
But slanderers blame, in individuals, what belongs to the species.
These orthodox ministers have been the slanderers of the really great men of our century.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 4 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
He will surely rebuke in the end, the folly and impiety of our slanderers, and "bring forth our righteousness as the noonday."A Defence of Virginia|Robert L. Dabney
- defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc
- a slanderous statement, etc
Word Origin for slander
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.