Definition of slander in English:



mass nounLaw
  • 1The action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.

    ‘he is suing the TV company for slander’
    Compare with libel
    • ‘No need to set him off on a slander suit.’
    • ‘A slander case with global connections has been simmering in Chinatown since November.’
    • ‘Libel and slander laws are commonly used to punish unacceptable speech.’
    • ‘The slander cases in the years between 1870 and 1890 bear out this assertion.’
    • ‘Not long ago, however, the vice president filed a slander suit against some members of the Taiwan media.’
    1. 1.1count noun A false and malicious spoken statement.
      ‘I've had just about all I can stomach of your slanders’
      • ‘That, in my view, is the best defense against the slanders, lies, and outrageous absurdities of critics like Cornwell and Goldhagen.’
      • ‘For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and slanders.’
      • ‘Prominent Americans like Henry Ford spewed vile slanders about them.’
      • ‘The defendants are further entitled to know who allegedly uttered the slander, what was said and to whom.’
      • ‘However, I hear from others that petty slanders are not only common at HP, they're pretty much a house speciality.’
      • ‘Over against the malicious slanders of these men is the nearly universal admiration for Othello.’
      • ‘Mass arrests and a slander campaign have been the rule ever since.’
      • ‘One simple reason is that giving credence to honest reports can open the door to malicious slanders of every kind.’
      • ‘Countries shot back and forth at each other with slanders and false accusations.’
      • ‘I had the same reaction when the slanders mounted against Thomas.’
      • ‘I cannot tell you how much of this is truth or malicious slander.’
      • ‘The response of students to it should banish slanders about ‘student apathy’.’
      • ‘Ad hominem slanders are fine when directed at former comrades.’
      • ‘There is therefore no basis for a cause of action of slander of title.’
      • ‘He vanished into the wilderness in 1848, and shortly afterwards disappeared again beneath a pile of odious slanders.’
      • ‘All of this can be had without the malicious slander or the scandalous headlines.’
      • ‘In the hope that the professor has since repented of such vicious slander, I do not mention the name.’
      • ‘If the most vicious slanders imaginable and rampant election fraud don't constitute fighting dirty, what would?’
      • ‘Such slanders are nothing more or less than Social Racism - the belief that certain people are ‘trash’ because of an accident of birth.’
      • ‘I think, though, that we should all promise not to sue, however vile the slanders and libels might become.’
      defamation, defamation of character, character assassination, misrepresentation of character, calumny, libel
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  • Make false and damaging statements about (someone)

    ‘they were accused of slandering the head of state’
    • ‘No more worries about slandering Lee Hsien Yang accidentally.’
    • ‘Isn't this the same administration which slanders all opponents and threatened to fire an analyst for telling the truth?’
    • ‘Now, if Coleman were the responsible journalist he claims to be, don't you think he would have done a little investigation before slandering us again?’
    • ‘He slandered his comrades and he did it, as I wrote in the May 3 issue of National Review, by ‘Americanizing’ Soviet propaganda.’
    • ‘For their pains, they are slandered and vilified by the likes of Afshah.’
    • ‘When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly.’
    • ‘His stepmother Zhu treated him badly and always slandered him in the front of his father.’
    • ‘‘Come along now Mrs. Mason,’ the deputy said with a sigh. ‘You can't go around slandering an innocent man.’’
    • ‘Without libeling or slandering anybody, can you talk about murders like that in isolation from the political situation?’
    • ‘He slandered his fellow soldiers, calling them indiscriminate killers and comparing them to Genghis Kahn.’
    • ‘When Vajpayee prevented them from violating court orders on the Babri Masjid site, they started slandering him in public.’
    • ‘I asked my father if I could put the previous post up, as he and my mother are slandered libellously.’
    • ‘He was shamed by a national radio station who slandered him by suggesting that his favorite band is The Carpenters.’
    • ‘These people slandered me in the worst kind of ways, and made me feel like I was worth nothing.’
    • ‘Once, a competitor was slandering us to some potential customers.’
    • ‘I wrote Pejman to tell him I was slandering him, and he wrote back to offer an unsurprisingly able defense against my charges.’
    • ‘I have decided to close the thread on DARP and remove the thread which slandered him and I know I MUST offer an explanation.’
    • ‘I respect that you have withheld your name whilst slandering me and all the brownies I live with in brownsville.’
    • ‘I would like to point out at this juncture that I have never slandered her.’
    • ‘I was too cut off from the world to know that the news of my arrest had broken and that the government was slandering me in the press.’
    defame, defame someone's character, blacken someone's name, give someone a bad name, tell lies about, speak evil of, speak ill of, drag through the mire, drag through the mud, fling mud at, sling mud at, throw mud at, sully someone's reputation, libel, smear, run a smear campaign against, cast aspersions on, spread scandal about, besmirch, tarnish, taint, misrepresent
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Middle English: from Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from late Latin scandalum (see scandal).