Definition of slander in English:


Syllabification: slan·der
Pronunciation: /ˈslandər


1The action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation: he is suing the TV network for slander Compare with libel.
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  • No need to set him off on a slander suit.
  • Not long ago, however, the vice president filed a slander suit against some members of the Taiwan media.
  • The slander cases in the years between 1870 and 1890 bear out this assertion.
1.1A false and malicious spoken statement: I’ve had just about all I can stomach of your slanders
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  • 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.
  • For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and slanders.
defamation (of character), character assassination, calumny, libel;
lie, slur, smear, false accusation
informal mudslinging, bad-mouthing, smack talk
archaic contumely


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Make false and damaging statements about (someone): they were accused of slandering the head of state
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  • Without libeling or slandering anybody, can you talk about murders like that in isolation from the political situation?
  • 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?
  • I wrote Pejman to tell him I was slandering him, and he wrote back to offer an unsurprisingly able defense against my charges.
defame (someone's character), blacken someone's name, tell lies about, speak ill/evil of, sully someone's reputation, libel, smear, cast aspersions on, spread scandal about, besmirch, tarnish, taint;
informal badmouth, dis, trash
formal derogate


Middle English: from Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from late Latin scandalum (see scandal).



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  • Every sermon he would rail against backbiters, slanderers, hypocrites, perverts, etc.
  • But you know, my slanderers will always try to find a reason for bashing me.
  • The press treated them badly because they were slanderers whose stories did not check out.

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