What does slander mean?

Definitions for slander
ˈslæn dərslan·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slandernoun

    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another

  2. aspersion, calumny, slander, defamation, denigrationverb

    an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

  3. defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirchverb

    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"


  1. slandernoun

    a false, malicious statement (spoken or published), especially one which is injurious to a person's reputation; the making of such a statement

  2. slanderverb

    to utter a slanderous statement

  3. Etymology: 13th century. From esclandre, from scandalum, from σκάνδαλον.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Slandernoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    When slanders do not live in tongues;
    When cut-purses come not to throngs. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Since that, we hear he is in arms,
    We think not so;
    Yet charge the consul with our harms,
    That let him go:
    So in our censure of the state
    We still do wander,
    And make the careful magistrate
    The mark of slander. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    Thou slander of thy heavy mother’s womb!
    Thou loathed issue of thy father’s loins. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    You shall not find me, daughter,
    After the slander of most step-mothers,
    Ill-ey’d unto you. William Shakespeare.

  2. To SLANDERverb

    To censure falsely; to belie.

    Etymology: esclaundrie, French; scandalum, Latin.

    Slander Valentine
    With falshood, cowardice, and poor descent. William Shakespeare.

    He hath slandered thy servant unto the king. 2 Sa. xix. 27.

    Give me leave to speak as earnestly in truly commending it, as you have done in untruly and unkindly defacing and slandering it. John Whitgift.

    Thou do’st with lies the throne invade,
    By practice harden’d in thy slandering trade;
    Obtending heav’n for whate’er ills befal,
    And sputt’ring under specious names thy gall. Dryden.

    Of all her dears she never slander’d one,
    But cares not if a thousand are undone. Dryden.


  1. slander

    Defamation is the act of communicating to a third party false statements about a person, place or thing that results in damage to its reputation. It can be spoken (slander) or written (libel). It constitutes a tort or a crime. The legal definition of defamation and related acts as well as the ways they are dealt with can vary greatly between countries and jurisdictions (what exactly they must consist of, whether they constitute crimes or not, to what extent proving the alleged facts is a valid defence).Defamation laws can encompass a variety of acts: Insult against a legal person in general Defamation against a legal person in general Acts against public officials Acts against state institutions (e.g., government, ministries, government agencies, armed forces) Acts against state symbols Acts against the state itself Acts against religions (e.g., blasphemy, discrimination) Acts against the judiciary or legislature (e.g., contempt of court, censure)


  1. slander

    Slander is a type of defamation that refers to false spoken statements or accusations made against someone, typically intended to damage their reputation by promoting false information about them. Legal consequences for slander may differ across jurisdictions, but usually require the plaintiff to prove the harmful effect of the false statements on their personal or professional life.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slandernoun

    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

  2. Slandernoun

    disgrace; reproach; dishonor; opprobrium

  3. Slandernoun

    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

  4. Slanderverb

    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

  5. Slanderverb

    to bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts

  6. Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slander

    slan′dėr, n. a false or malicious report: malicious defamation by words spoken: calumny.—v.t. to defame: to calumniate.—n. Slan′derer.—adj. Slan′derous, given to, or containing, slander: calumnious.—adv. Slan′derously.—n. Slan′derousness, the state or quality of being slanderous. [O. Fr. esclandre—L. scandalum—Gr. skandalon.]

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Anagrams for slander »

  1. darnels

  2. enlards

  3. landers

  4. relands

  5. slandre

  6. snarled

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slander in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slander in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of slander in a Sentence

  1. Vanna Bonta:

    The only truth slander reveals is about the coward implementing it.

  2. Mark Twain:

    It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you: the one to slander you, and the other to bring the news to you.

  3. Hassan Rouhani:

    They want to impose maximum ... pressure on Iran through slander, we don't want conflict in the region ... Who started the conflict?

  4. Mark Bankston:

    Harm that was done to the parents, grieving parents of murdered children who have had to endure for 10 years, the most despicable and vile campaign of defamation and slander in American history.

  5. Teten Masduki:

    For instance, those who want to keep the government in check for the public interest will not be criminalized, but if the criticism amounts to slander, that can be charged.

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  • افتراءArabic
  • клевета, клеветяBulgarian
  • calúmnia, calumniar, injúria, injuriarCatalan, Valencian
  • pomluvit, pomluvaCzech
  • bagvaskelse, bagtaleDanish
  • verunglimpfen, Verleumdung, verleumdenGerman
  • συκοφαντία, συκοφαντώ, διαβάλλω, διαβολή, διασύρωGreek
  • calumnia, calumniar, difamarSpanish
  • panetellaFinnish
  • calomnier, calomnieFrench
  • càinScottish Gaelic
  • rágalom, rágalmaz, rágalmazásHungarian
  • diffamazione, diffamare, calunniaItalian
  • לשון הרעHebrew
  • 誹謗, 中傷Japanese
  • 악담Korean
  • beklaatschenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • tarawau, tūtaraMāori
  • клевета, клеветиMacedonian
  • laster, smaad, smadenDutch
  • bakvaskelseNorwegian
  • oszczerstwo, pomówienie, szkalowaćPolish
  • difamar, aleivosia, calúnia, injúria, caluniar, injuriar, aleivePortuguese
  • defăimaRomanian
  • поклёп, наговаривать, порочение, злословить, клевета, хаянье, очернять, навет, хулить, напраслина, хула, хаять, злословие, порочить, поношение, наговор, клеветатьRussian
  • förtala, baktala, förtalSwedish
  • அவதூறுTamil

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