slander

[ slan-der ]
/ ˈslæn dər /

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.

Origin of slander

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English s(c)laundre < Anglo-French esclaundre, Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle < Late Latin scandalum cause of offense, snare (see scandal); (v.) Middle English s(c)laundren to cause to lapse morally, bring to disgrace, discredit, defame < Old French esclandrer, derivative of esclandre

Related forms

Can be confused

defamation liable libel slander (see usage note at liable)defame libel slanderlibel slander
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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)

Derived Forms

slanderer, nounslanderous, adjectiveslanderously, adverbslanderousness, noun

Word Origin for slander

C13: via Anglo-French from Old French escandle, from Late Latin scandalum a cause of offence; see scandal
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