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.

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

slanderer, noun
slanderingly, adverb
slanderous, adjective
slanderously, adverb
slanderousness, noun
nonslanderous, adjective
outslander, verb (used with object)
quasi-slanderous, adjective
quasi-slanderously, adverb
reslander, verb (used with object)
unslandered, adjective
unslanderous, adjective
unslanderously, adverb
unslanderousness, noun

1. defamation, liable, libel, slander (see usage note at liable) ; 2. defame, libel, slander ; 3. libel, slander.

4. malign, vilify, revile. Unabridged
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slander (ˈslɑːndə)
1.  law
 a.  defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc
 b.  a slanderous statement, etc
2.  any false or defamatory words spoken about a person; calumny
3.  to utter or circulate slander (about)
[C13: via Anglo-French from Old French escandle, from Late Latin scandalum a cause of offence; see scandal]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. esclaundre, O.Fr. esclandre "scandalous statement," alteration of escandle "scandal," from L. scandalum "cause of offense, stumbling block, temptation" (see scandal). The verb is attested from c.1300, from O.Fr. esclandrer, from esclandre.
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Example sentences
It is a cruel slander to say that the race will not work, except on compulsion.
Using slander is really not an intelligent way to bolster your own argument.
It is a crime to incite a riot, for instance, as it is to libel or slander
The accusations that both got their jobs through cronyism approaches slander.
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