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.

Nearby words

  1. slam-bang,
  2. slam-dunk,
  3. slammer,
  4. slamming,
  5. slamming stile,
  6. slanderous,
  7. slang,
  8. slang dictionary,
  9. slanging match,
  10. slanguage

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

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British Dictionary definitions for slanderous

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 Formsslanderer, 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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