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.
Other Word Forms of Slander
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").
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