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Slander

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slander \Slan"der\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Slandered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slandering}.]

1. 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.

O, do not slander him, for he is kind. --Shak.

2. To bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts.

Tax not so bad a voice To slander music any more than once. --Shak.

Syn: To asperse; defame; calumniate; vilify; malign; belie; scandalize; reproach. See {Asperse}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slander \Slan"der\, noun [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}.]

1. 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.

Whether we speak evil of a man to his face or behind his back; the former way, indeed, seems to be the most generous, but yet is a great fault, and that which we call "reviling;" the latter is more mean and base, and that which we properly call "slander", or "Backbiting." --Tillotson.

[We] make the careful magistrate The mark of slander. --B. Jonson.

2. Disgrace; reproach; dishonor; opprobrium.

Thou slander of thy mother's heavy womb. --Shak.

3. (Law) 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}. --Burril.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

slander

noun

1: words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another

2: an abusive attack on a person's character or good name [syn: {aspersion}, {calumny}, {slander}, {defamation}, {denigration}]

verb

1: 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" [syn: {defame}, {slander}, {smirch}, {asperse}, {denigrate}, {calumniate}, {smear}, {sully}, {besmirch}]


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