slander

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slander charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
    • n slander an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
    • n slander words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slander A false tale or report maliciously uttered, tending to injure the reputation of another; the malicious utterance of defamatory reports; the dissemination of malicious tales or suggestions to the injury of another. "Whether we speak evil of a man to his face or behind his back; the former way, indeed, seems to be the most generous, but yet is a great fault, and that which we call “reviling;” the latter is more mean and base, and that which we properly call “ slander ”, or “Backbiting.”""We] make the careful magistrate
      The mark of slander ."
    • Slander Disgrace; reproach; dishonor; opprobrium. "Thou slander of thy mother's heavy womb."
    • Slander (Law) Formerly, defamation generally, whether oral or written; in modern usage, defamation by words spoken; utterance of false, malicious, and defamatory words, tending to the damage and derogation of another; calumny. See the Note under Defamation.
    • Slander To bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts. "Tax not so bad a voice
      To slander music any more than once."
    • Slander To defame; to injure by maliciously uttering a false report; to tarnish or impair the reputation of by false tales maliciously told or propagated; to calumniate. "O, do not slander him, for he is kind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n slander A cause of stumbling or offense; a stumbling-block; offense.
    • n slander Reproach; disgrace; shame; scandal.
    • n slander Ill fame; bad name or repute.
    • n slander A false tale or report maliciously uttered, and intended or tending to injure the good name and reputation of another: as, a wicked and spiteful slander; specifically, in law, oral defamation published without legal excuse (Cooley). Defamation if not oral is termed libel. Aspersions spoken only to the subject of them are not in law deemed slander, because not injurious to reputation; but when spoken in the hearing of a third person they are deemed published. Slander is a tort only to be proceeded for in a civil action, while libel is also punishable criminally.
    • n slander The fabrication or uttering of such false reports; aspersion; defamation; detraction: as, to be given to slander.
    • slander To be a stumbling-block to; give offense to; offend.
    • slander To discredit; disgrace; dishonor.
    • slander To speak ill of; defame; calumniate; disparage.
    • slander Specifically In law, to utter false and injurious tales or reports regarding; injure or tarnish the good name and reputation of, by false tales maliciously told or propagated. See slander, n., 4, and compare libel.
    • slander To reproach; charge: with with.
    • slander Synonyms Defame, Calumniate, etc. See asperse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Slander slan′dėr a false or malicious report: malicious defamation by words spoken: calumny
    • v.t Slander to defame: to calumniate
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.”
  • Gustave Flaubert
    Gustave Flaubert
    “Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.”
  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft
    “In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.”
  • St. Bernard
    St. Bernard
    “Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens.”
  • Thomas Fuller
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    “A generous confession disarms slander.”
  • Titus Maccius Plautus
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    “Slander-mongers and those who listen to slander, if I had my way, would all be strung up, the talkers by the tongue, the listeners by the ears.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sclandere, OF. esclandre, esclandle, escandre, F. esclandre, fr. L. scandalum, Gr. a snare, stumbling block, offense, scandal; probably originally, the spring of a trap, and akin to Skr. skand, to spring, leap. See Scan, and cf. Scandal

Usage

In literature:

His tongue's nae slander.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
That you have slander'd so!
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
Cease, I say, to bring forward these empty slanders.
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
We have had plenty of slander-paradox.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
I only made peace with him to have done with all this noise of slanderous talk, and for the sake of my Knights.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
When displeased, we no longer beat each other, but we use the subtler forces of sarcasm, irony, slander, neglect.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 4, June 1906" by Various
If you can condescend to listen to slanderers, Mabel, I shall certainly not condescend to defend myself.
"The Giant's Robe" by F. Anstey
But Mrs. Trevor turned a deaf ear to their slanders.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
After stripping and roasting us at home, this England, this hell-witch sends abroad into all countries her lies and slanders about us.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
The bank people must be told the truth, and they must contradict publicly the slander upon Dick.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
And you, you groveling, lying slanderer, get out of my sight and hearing.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Reid must have slandered him; there was the stamp of slander in his wide, thin mouth.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
Fouler slander never came from a man's mouth.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
It was natural that Voltaire should come in for his share of slander.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
But these slanderers knew as well as could be, that Mr. Fisk had a free pass on the telegraph and steam communication with his wife every day.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
SLANDER AND EVIL SPEAKING.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
But that is certainly a slander, for his eldest son was killed in battle in the last civil war.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
In which it appears that the sting of slander is not always in the head.
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
How public men are slandered in this country!
"Weighed and Wanting" by Dwight Moody
Slanders, like mists, still vanish at the sight Of innocents, who bring their lies to light.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
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In poetry:

The Lord shall on my side engage,
And, in my Savior's name,
I shall defeat their pride and rage
Who slander and condemn.
"Psalm 109" by Isaac Watts
When in the form of mortal man
Thy Son on earth was found,
With cruel slanders, false and vain,
They compassed him around.
"Psalm 109" by Isaac Watts
If we must say, 'No more his peer
Cometh; the flag is furled.'
Stand not too near him, lest he hear
That slander on the world.
"To Them That Mourn" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
That child, which till his fatal dream
Was from base slander bred;
The happy sire, with joy extreme,
Had fondled, blest, and fed.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
PRINCESS.
Justice is murdered;
Oh slander not her corpse. For my son's fault,
A thousand innocents are doomed. Is that
God's justice?
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
And Ulfius and Brastias answered, `Ay.'
Then Bedivere, the first of all his knights
Knighted by Arthur at his crowning, spake—
For bold in heart and act and word was he,
Whenever slander breathed against the King—
"The Coming Of Arthur" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

His said she slandered him in a grab for money.
Amanda Knox lawyer appeals slander conviction.
Judge reduces slander verdict won by casino mogul Steve Wynn against "Girls Gone Wild" creator.
Slander is defined as a false statement made in a transitory form, most often in speech.
And so, I fear that over the course of the campaigning of the coming weeks, the slandering that has become a hallmark of the political process in the 21st century will continue unabated.
In their lawsuit, Davis and Lang claimed Boeheim slandered them Nov 17, the night they publicly accused Fine of being a molester.
Casino mogul Wynn seeks $12M from 'Girls Gone Wild' founder for slander over threat claim.
Slander from the Left.
NY Court Rules Calling Someone Gay Isn't Slander .
A New York court says its no longer slander to falsely call someone gay.
' Slander ' and free speech are one and the same.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Monday awarded casino mogul Steve Wynn $20 million in his slander case against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis, who claimed the creator of some of Las Vegas' most.
The jury, siding with Wynn, determined there was clear and convincing evidence that Francis slandered the Vegas billionaire, and knew his allegations were false when he made them.
Chandler Threatened With Slander Suit Over TV Ad.
Amanda Knox appeared in an Italian court Tuesday for the first time since her murder conviction to face slander charges for saying she was beaten during questioning over the death of her roommate.
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