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slander

[slan-der] /ˈslæn dər/
noun
1.
defamation; calumny:
rumors full of slander.
2.
a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report:
a slander against his good name.
3.
Law. defamation by oral utterance rather than by writing, pictures, etc.
verb (used with object)
4.
to utter slander against; defame.
verb (used without object)
5.
to utter or circulate slander.
Origin
1250-1300
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
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
Can be confused
defamation, liable, libel, slander (see usage note at liable)
defame, libel, slander.
libel, slander.
Synonyms
4. malign, vilify, revile.
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Examples from the web for slandered
  • Many have perpetuated demeaning ethnic stereotypes, slandered honest politicians and oversimplified complex issues.
  • Publication of slander occurs when the words are spoken to and understood by a third party to pertain to the individual slandered.
  • He also brings a defamation claim, arguing that the defendants slandered him.
  • She feels that her privacy has been invaded and her name has been slandered.
  • People feel they've been slandered, that their good name has been unfairly dragged through the mud.
British Dictionary definitions for slandered

slander

/ˈslɑːndə/
noun
1.
(law)
  1. defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc
  2. a slanderous statement, etc
2.
any false or defamatory words spoken about a person; calumny
verb
3.
to utter or circulate slander (about)
Derived Forms
slanderer, noun
slanderous, adjective
slanderously, adverb
slanderousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: via Anglo-French from Old French escandle, from Late Latin scandalum a cause of offence; see scandal
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Word Origin and History for slandered

slander

n.

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."

v.

c.1300, from Anglo-French esclaundrer, Old French esclandrer, from esclandre (see slander (n.)). Related: Slandered; slandering; slanderer.

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