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words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
aspersion, calumny, slander, defamation, denigrationverb
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
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"
a false, malicious statement (spoken or published), especially one which is injurious to a person's reputation; the making of such a statement
to utter a slanderous statement
Etymology: 13th century. From esclandre, from scandalum, from σκάνδαλον.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
To censure falsely; to belie.
Etymology: esclaundrie, French; scandalum, Latin.
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.
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)
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
disgrace; reproach; dishonor; opprobrium
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
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
to bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts
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
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.]
Libel vs. Slander -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Libel and Slander.
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The numerical value of slander in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of slander in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of slander in a Sentence
As far as I'm concerned, most of the time it's not necessary to shoot off at the mouth and respond every time, having got to this point, I shouldn't have to take this kind of insult and slander.
We never pick a fight or bully others. But we have principles and guts. We will push back against any deliberate insult, resolutely defend our national honor and dignity, and we will refute all groundless slander with facts.
Where the two old parties offer fear, mutual slander and individual self-destruction, Libertarians share our commitment to rigorous financial integrity, peaceful social acceptance and individual personal liberty, now is the time to vote out of love for the principles you know to be true : free agency, self-ownership, non-initiation of aggression and not in reaction to what you fear.
While for some knowledge is food, others live on slander and gossip.The latter are the ignorant, ignore the ignorant lest you slide down to their level.
They want to impose maximum ... pressure on Iran through slander, we don't want conflict in the region ... Who started the conflict?
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- клевета, клеветяBulgarian
- calúmnia, calumniar, injúria, injuriarCatalan, Valencian
- pomluvit, pomluvaCzech
- bagvaskelse, bagtaleDanish
- verunglimpfen, Verleumdung, verleumdenGerman
- συκοφαντία, συκοφαντώ, διαβάλλω, διαβολή, διασύρωGreek
- calumnia, calumniar, difamarSpanish
- calomnier, calomnieFrench
- càinScottish Gaelic
- rágalom, rágalmaz, rágalmazásHungarian
- diffamazione, diffamare, calunniaItalian
- לשון הרעHebrew
- 誹謗, 中傷Japanese
- beklaatschenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- tarawau, tūtaraMāori
- клевета, клеветиMacedonian
- laster, smaad, smadenDutch
- oszczerstwo, pomówienie, szkalowaćPolish
- difamar, aleivosia, calúnia, injúria, caluniar, injuriar, aleivePortuguese
- поклёп, наговаривать, порочение, злословить, клевета, хаянье, очернять, навет, хулить, напраслина, хула, хаять, злословие, порочить, поношение, наговор, клеветатьRussian
- förtala, baktala, förtalSwedish
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