verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- slamming stile,
- slang dictionary,
- slanging match,
Origin of slander
Examples from the Web for slanderous
His descriptions of Sen. Marco Rubio range from laughable to slanderous.The Messy, Sordid Story of Jim Greer, Charlie Crist’s Man to a Fault|Rick Wilson|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Today, Dan Quayle defended his son against “ugly” and “slanderous” charges of writing for a scandalous website.
It was an impassioned defence of Montanelli against the Gadfly's slanderous imputations.The Gadfly|E. L. Voynich
But it would be money well spent; it would silence the slanderous tongue.The Imaginary Marriage|Henry St. John Cooper
Enmity is contentious and slanderous; and will make a crime of virtue itself, and from any topic fetch matter of reproach.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)|Richard Baxter
It was monstrous that she should be thus moved by slanderous accusations of one for whom she had only contempt.The Shooting of Dan McGrew, A Novel|Marvin Dana
She had bad dreams all night: the people pointed their fingers at her and slanderous tongues spread ugly things about her.The Path of Life|Stijn Streuvels
- 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.