Scandalum magnatum

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Scan´da`lum mag`na´tum`

1.(Law) A defamatory speech or writing published to the injury of a person of dignity; - usually abbreviated scan. mag.
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In 1379 and again in 1389 Richard II re-enacted the hundred-year-old scandalum magnatum statute, which Edward I had originally instituted in 1275 to prevent social discord by suppressing slanderous reports about the great men of the realm.
Richard II's first re-enactment of the scandalum magnatum, which expanded the ranks of great men worthy of protection against slander, (7) was in no small measure a response to the considerable social tension and unrest that plagued London during the end of the 1370s.
The seeds of seditious libel originated in a collection of laws known as Scandalum Magnatum, which was passed in 1275 and outlawed any speech that contributed to discord between the king and his people.