- 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
Synonyms for slander
Related Words for slanderersmurderer, spy, terrorist, competitor, rival, guerrilla, agent, detractor, bandit, foe, villain, traitor, rebel, opposition, invader, criminal, adversary, antagonist, opponent, prosecutor
Examples from the Web for slanderers
Historical Examples of 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 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.