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slan·der

 (slăn′dər)
n.
1. Law Oral communication of false and malicious statements that damage the reputation of another.
2. A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
v. slan·dered, slan·der·ing, slan·ders
v.tr.
To utter a slander about. See Synonyms at malign.
v.intr.
To utter or spread slander.

[Middle English slaundre, from Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Latin scandalum, cause of offense, stumbling block; see scandal.]

slan′der·er n.
slan′der·ous adj.
slan′der·ous·ly adv.
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slander

(ˈslɑːndə)
n
1. (Law) law
a. defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc
b. a slanderous statement, etc
2. any false or defamatory words spoken about a person; calumny
vb
to utter or circulate slander (about)
[C13: via Anglo-French from Old French escandle, from Late Latin scandalum a cause of offence; see scandal]
ˈslanderer n
ˈslanderous adj
ˈslanderously adv
ˈslanderousness n
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slan•der

(ˈslæn dər)

n.
1. defamation; calumny.
2. a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report.
3. Law. defamation by oral utterance rather than by writing, pictures, etc.
v.t.
4. to utter slander against; defame.
v.i.
5. to utter or circulate slander.
[1250–1300; (n.) Middle English s(c)laundre < Anglo-French esclaundre, Old French esclandre, alter. of escandle < Late Latin scandalum; see scandal]
slan′der•er, n.
slan′der•ous, adj.
slan′der•ous•ly, adv.
slan′der•ous•ness, n.
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libel, slander - Libel—from Latin libellus, "little book"—must be published, while spoken defamatory remarks are slander; libel first meant "document, written statement."
See also related terms for published.
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Slander

 
  1. Slanderers are like flies; they leap over all a man’s good parts to light upon his sores —John Tillotson
  2. Slander is like a hornet; if you cannot kill it dead at the first blow, better not strike at it —Josh Billings
  3. Slander, like coal, will either dirty your hand or burn it —Russian proverb
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Slander

 

hatchet man See CRIMINALITY.

mud-slinging The use of slander, calumny, or malicious gossip to publicly denigrate a person’s character or ability. In its most common usage, mud-slinging (or mud-throwing) refers to the vituperative claims, counter-claims, and accusations which may be employed by one or more candidates in a vicious, no-holds-barred political campaign. The rationale for such tactics is well-stated in the proverbial statement, “If you throw enough dirt, some is sure to stick.”

This sweeping provision, if constitutional and enforceable, would have the effect of eliminating “mud-slinging” in political campaigns, perhaps indeed of revolutionizing campaign methods entirely. (National Municipal Review, 1914)

Mud-slinging is used in various other contexts, most of which involve slanderous comments made about a person who is in the public eye.

A woman in my position must expect to have more mud thrown at her than a less important person. (Florence Marryat, Under the Lilies and Roses, 1884)

Picturesque Expressions: A Thematic Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1980 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

slander


Past participle: slandered
Gerund: slandering

Imperative
slander
slander
Present
I slander
you slander
he/she/it slanders
we slander
you slander
they slander
Preterite
I slandered
you slandered
he/she/it slandered
we slandered
you slandered
they slandered
Present Continuous
I am slandering
you are slandering
he/she/it is slandering
we are slandering
you are slandering
they are slandering
Present Perfect
I have slandered
you have slandered
he/she/it has slandered
we have slandered
you have slandered
they have slandered
Past Continuous
I was slandering
you were slandering
he/she/it was slandering
we were slandering
you were slandering
they were slandering
Past Perfect
I had slandered
you had slandered
he/she/it had slandered
we had slandered
you had slandered
they had slandered
Future
I will slander
you will slander
he/she/it will slander
we will slander
you will slander
they will slander
Future Perfect
I will have slandered
you will have slandered
he/she/it will have slandered
we will have slandered
you will have slandered
they will have slandered
Future Continuous
I will be slandering
you will be slandering
he/she/it will be slandering
we will be slandering
you will be slandering
they will be slandering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been slandering
you have been slandering
he/she/it has been slandering
we have been slandering
you have been slandering
they have been slandering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been slandering
you will have been slandering
he/she/it will have been slandering
we will have been slandering
you will have been slandering
they will have been slandering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been slandering
you had been slandering
he/she/it had been slandering
we had been slandering
you had been slandering
they had been slandering
Conditional
I would slander
you would slander
he/she/it would slander
we would slander
you would slander
they would slander
Past Conditional
I would have slandered
you would have slandered
he/she/it would have slandered
we would have slandered
you would have slandered
they would have slandered
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slander - words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, traducement, obloquy - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
mud - slanderous remarks or charges
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
2.slander - an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
attack - strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"
Verb1.slander - 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"
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
assassinate - destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"
libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
badmouth, drag through the mud, malign, traduce - speak unfavorably about; "She badmouths her husband everywhere"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

slander

verb
1. defame, smear, libel, slur, malign, detract, disparage, decry, vilify, traduce, backbite, blacken (someone's) name, calumniate, muckrake He has been questioned on suspicion of slandering the politician.
defame approve, praise, acclaim, applaud, compliment, laud, sing the praises of, big up (slang, chiefly Caribbean), eulogize
Proverbs
"Throw enough dirt and some will stick"
"Give a dog a bad name and hang him"
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slander

noun
The expression of injurious, malicious statements about someone:
Law: libel.
verb
To make defamatory statements about:
Law: libel.
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Translations
إفْتِراءيَفْتَري
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bagtalebagtalelse
panetella
rágalmazrágalmazásrágalom
rægjarógur
中傷
apmelojumsapmelotcelt neslavuneslava
baktalaförtalförtala
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slander

[ˈslɑːndəʳ]
A. N (gen) → calumnia f (Jur) → difamación f
they have been spreading slanders about the companyhan estado levantando calumnias sobre la empresa
to sue sb for slanderdemandar a algn por difamación
B. VT (gen) → calumniar (Jur) → difamar
they have slandered my name/reputationhan deshonrado mi nombre/han manchado mi reputación
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slander

[ˈslɑːndər]
ncalomnie f (LAW)diffamation f
to sue sb for slander → attaquer qn en diffamation
a slander on sb → une calomnie contre qn
vtcalomnier (LAW)diffamer
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

slander

nVerleumdung f
vtverleumden
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slander

[ˈslɑːndəʳ]
1. ncalunnia (Law) → diffamazione f
2. vtcalunniare (Law) → diffamare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

slander

(ˈslaːndə) noun
(the act of making) an untrue spoken, not written, statement about a person with the intention of damaging that person's reputation. That story about her is nothing but a wicked slander!
verb
to make such statements about (a person etc).
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References in classic literature ?
What is the use of that, when a third of their army has melted away on the road from Moscow to Vyazma without any battle?" But drawing from his aged wisdom what they could understand, he told them of the golden bridge, and they laughed at and slandered him, flinging themselves on, rending and exulting over the dying beast.
The MCA candidate for the Balakong by-election for the State seat Tan Chee Teong has slammed those who slandered him via the social media saying that his 19-day campaign had 'forced' the people to vote for the party on Saturday.
A candidate with the ruling New National Party (NNP) says she intends to file a lawsuit against a member of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) claiming that she had been slandered in a message posted on the social website, Facebook.
Summary: Local daily Al-Akhbar was ordered Tuesday to pay a symbolic LL1,000 in damages to both the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese Forces, after the newspaper was found to have slandered these parties in two separate cases.
The same images are also found in Richard Ward's The Nature, Use, and Abuse of the Tongue and Speech (1673), where the "evil and abusive tongue" is compared to a sword (often a two-edged sword, which kills both the slandered person and the slanderer, from Proverbs 5:4), a serpent and a "Night-raven," the latter being a reference to Pliny, according to Ward (160-61).
The Pakistani colleague was away from her desk making coffee at the office canteen and when she returned to her desk, she was told by workmates that the 35-year-old Indian employee had slandered her behind her back in November.