Slander Definition

slăndər
slandered, slandering, slanders
noun
slanders
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.
Webster's New World
Such a spoken statement.
Webster's New World
A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
American Heritage

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.

Webster's New World Law
verb
slandered, slandering, slanders
To utter a slander about.
Webster's New World
To utter or spread slander.
American Heritage
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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other
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).
Webster's New World Law
A form of slander that does not qualify as slander per se, thereby requiring the plaintiff to prove special damages.
Webster's New World Law

Other Word Forms of Slander

Noun

Singular:
slander
Plural:
slanders

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

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