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Meaning of SLANDER

Pronunciation:  'slandur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
  2. [n]  words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
  3. [v]  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"

SLANDER is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: asperse, aspersion, besmirch, calumniate, calumny, defamation, defame, denigrate, denigration, smear, smirch, sully
 See Also: accuse, assassinate, attack, badmouth, calumny, charge, defamation, drag through the mud, hatchet job, libel, malign, mud, obloquy, speech act, traduce, traducement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Slan"der\, n. [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.
  2. \Slan"der\, v. t. [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}.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Spoken defamation which tends to injure a person's reputation. (See libel.)