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slander

noun

  1. (speech act)  words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
    Type of: speech act. Type of: defamation
  2. (attack)  an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
    Synonyms: aspersion, calumny, defamation, denigration. Type of: attack

verb

Etymology summary

Anglo-French esclaundre, Old French esclandre "scandalous statement", alteration...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Defamation | calumny | vilification | traducement

the communication of a factual statement that harms the reputation of an individual, business, product, group, government, religion, or nation. Most jurisdictions allow legal action to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against groundless ... (35 of 12728 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Defamation

Slander (disambiguation) | Slander and libel

false or malicious claims that may harm someone's reputation. Slander may also refer to: Slander of title, which is a species of malicious falsehood relating to real estate | Slander of goods, which is another species of malicious falsehood | Slander ... (39 of 138 words, 9 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Slander (disambiguation)

Columbia Encyclopedia:

libel and slander | libel | slander

in law, types of defamation. In common law, written defamation was libel and spoken defamation was slander. Today, however, there are no such clear ... (24 of 689 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0829656​.html

Collins Dictionary:

slander | calumny [synonym, sense-specific] | slanderer [noun, derived]

[law] defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc | a slanderous statement, etc | any false or defamatory words spoken about ... (23 of 471 words, 4 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/slander

Merriam-Webster:

slander [entry 1, verb] | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle] | defame [synonym] | asperse [synonym] | blacken [synonym] | calumniate [synonym] | libel [synonym] | malign [synonym] | ...

to utter slander against; "defame" (5 of 98 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/slander

slander [entry 2, noun] | aspersing [synonym, sense-specific] | blackening [synonym, sense-specific] | calumniation [synonym, sense-specific] | calumny [synonym, sense-specific] | character assassination [synonym, sense-specific] | defamation [synonym, sense-specific] | defaming [synonym, sense-specific] | libeling [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation | a false and defamatory oral statement about a ... (21 of 170 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/slander show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

slander | slanderer [derived]

[law] : the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation | a false and malicious spoken statement | make false ... (25 of 108 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/slander

American Heritage Dictionary:

slander | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle] | slanders [3rd-person singular present] | slanderer [noun, related] | slanderous [adjective, related] | slanderously [adverb, related]

[law] Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation. | A false and malicious statement or report about someone. | To utter ... (22 of 72 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/slander

Macmillan British Dictionary:

slander | slanders [plural]

[uncountable, law] the crime of saying something about someone that is not true and is likely to damage their reputation | [countable/uncountable] ... (21 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/slander

slander [transitive, law, verb] | slanderer [singular] | slanderers [plural] | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle] | slanders [3rd-person singular present]

to say something about someone that is not true and is likely to damage their reputation (16 of 49 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/slander 7

New World Dictionary:

slander | slanderer [noun, related]

the utterance in the presence of another person of a false statement or ... | such a spoken statement | to utter a slander about (23 of 57 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/slander

Random House Dictionary:

slander

defamation; calumny. | a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report. | [law] defamation by oral utterance rather than by writing, pictures, ... (20 of 50 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/slander

Cambridge Dictionary:

slander [entry 1]

a false spoken statement about someone which damages their reputation, or the making of such a statement (17 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/slander 1

slander [entry 2] | slanderer [noun, derived] | slanderous [adjective, derived] | slanderously [adverb, derived]

to damage someone's reputation by making a false spoken statement about them (12 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/slander 2

Wiktionary:

slander | slanders [plural] | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle] | slandre [obsolete, sense-specific] | defame [synonym, sense-specific] | libel [always in writing, synonym, sense-specific]

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 (27 of 29 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/slander

Encarta Dictionary:

slander | slanders [plural] | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle]

the act or offense of saying something false or malicious that damages somebody's reputation | a false and malicious statement that damages somebody's ... (22 of 101 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734641​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

slander

First use: late 13th century

Origin: Anglo-French esclaundre, Old French esclandre "scandalous statement", alteration of escandle "scandal", from Latin ... (16 of 36 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=slander

American Heritage Dictionary:

slander | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle] | slanders [3rd-person singular present]

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/slander

Wiktionary:

slander | slanders [plural] | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle]

Origin: 13th century. From Old French esclandre, from Ecclesiastical Latin scandalum ("stumbling block, temptation"), from Ancient Greek σκάνδαλον (skandalon, "scandal").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/slander

Collins Dictionary:

slander

First use: 13th century

Origin: via Anglo-French from Old French escandle, from Late Latin scandalum a cause of offence; see scandal

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/slander

New World Dictionary:

slander

Origin: Middle English sclaunder from Anglo-French esclaundre (Old French esclandre, escandle) from ecclesiastical Late Latin scandalum: see "scandal"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/slander

Oxford Dictionary:

slander

Origin: Middle English: from Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from late Latin scandalum (see "scandal")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/slander

Merriam-Webster:

slander [entry 2, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English sclaundre, slaundre, from Anglo-French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, offense

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/slander show=1

Encarta Dictionary:

slander | slanders [plural] | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French esclandre from ecclesiastical Latin scandalum "cause of offense"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734641​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

slander

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "slander"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/slander

Macmillan British Dictionary:

slander | slanders [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "slander"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/slander

slander [transitive, law, verb] | slanderer [singular] | slanderers [plural] | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle] | slanders [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "slander"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/slander 7

Macmillan American Dictionary:

slander | slanders [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "slander"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/slander

slander [transitive, law, verb] | slanderer [singular] | slanderers [plural] | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle] | slanders [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "slander"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/slander 7

Cambridge Dictionary:

slander [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "slander"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "slander"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/slander 1

the Free Dictionary:

slander

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "slander"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "slander"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "slander" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/slander

Google Dictionary:

slander | slanders [plural] | slandered [past tense] | slandering [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "slander"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=slander

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

slander

Audio: North American pronunciation of "slander"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=slande​01 word=slander

YourDictionary Audio:

slander

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "slander" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/slander

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