- Slander is making a false statement about someone that hurts his reputation.
Saying someone is a murderer when he isn't is an example of slander.
- Slander is to make false statements about someone, usually to hurt his reputation.
When you tell everyone that an innocent man is a murderer, this is an example of when you slander the innocent man.
- the utterance in the presence of another person of a false statement or statements, damaging to a third person's character or reputation: usually distinguished from libel, which is written
- such a spoken statement
Origin of slanderMiddle English sclaunder ; from Anglo-French esclaundre (OFr esclandre, escandle) ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin scandalum: see scandal
- Law Oral communication of false and malicious statements that damage the reputation of another.
- A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
verbslan·dered, slan·der·ing, slan·ders
Origin of slanderMiddle English slaundre, from Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Latin scandalum, cause of offense, stumbling block; see scandal.
(third-person singular simple present slanders, present participle slandering, simple past and past participle slandered)
13th century. From Old French esclandre, from Ecclesiastical Latin scandalum (“stumbling block, temptation"), from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎºÎ¬Î½Î´Î±Î»Î¿Î½ (skandalon, “scandal").
slander - Legal Definition