Definition of slander in English:
noun[mass noun] Law
- 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.
- 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.
verb[with object] Back to top
- 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.
scandal from (Middle English):
The words scandal and slander (Middle English) are closely related. Both go back to Latin scandalum ‘cause of offence’, from Greek skandalon ‘snare, stumbling block’. Originally scandal was a term restricted to the Christian Church. It referred to behaviour by a religious person that might bring discredit on their beliefs, and then, going back to the idea of a ‘stumbling block’, something that hinders faith. Our modern sense of an event causing general public outrage dates from the late 16th century and is first recorded in Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors: ‘I wonder much That you would put me to this shame and trouble, And not without some scandal to your self, With circumstance and oaths, so to deny this chain, which now you wear so openly’. See libel
- Example sentences
- 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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