Slander meaning

slăndər
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.

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A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
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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.
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Such a spoken statement.
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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.

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Oral communication of false and malicious statements that damage the reputation of another.
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To utter a slander about.
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To utter or spread slander.
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Falsely spoken words that tend to damage another person’s reputation; defamation. The truth of such words is an absolute defense against slander. Unlike libel, unless the slander is defamatory per se, damages caused by slander must be proven by the plaintiff. See also libel.
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To utter a slander about.
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A form of slander that does not qualify as slander per se, thereby requiring the plaintiff to prove special damages.
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A form of slander that need not be proven to qualify for damage, because its meaning is apparent on the face of the statement and involves moral turpitude, a sexually transmitted disease, conduct adversely impacting one’s profession or business, or lack of chastity (especially when applied to women).
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A false or unsupported, malicious statement (spoken or published), especially one which is injurious to a person's reputation; the making of such a statement.
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To utter a slanderous statement.
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Origin of slander

  • Middle English slaundre from Old French esclandre alteration of escandle from Latin scandalum cause of offense, stumbling block scandal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary