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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 for slanderous
  • Appellant also told the court that some of the information in the court file was slanderous and libelous.
  • The point is that the new media allows individuals to broadcast slanderous speech to a wide audience.
  • How telling that your comment echoes the twisted rhetoric of those slanderous efforts.
  • Please refrain from using offensive, threatening or slanderous language, as well as from personal attacks.
  • Only videos that do not contain obscene, hateful, offensive or slanderous material will be considered.
  • Words to be slanderous per se must not only charge an offense which is actionable, but also the nature thereof.
  • Some people have said to me it's libel or slanderous, it's supposed to be really negative, but to me it's encouraging.
British Dictionary definitions for slanderous

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 slanderous
adj.

early 15c., from slander + -ous. Related: Slanderously; slanderousness.

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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