noun[mass noun] Law
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] A false and malicious spoken statement: I’ve had just about all I can stomach of your slandersMore example sentences
defamation, defamation of character, character assassination, misrepresentation of character, calumny, libel; scandalmongering, malicious gossip, muckraking, smear campaigning, disparagement, denigration, derogation, aspersions, vilification, traducement, obloquy, backbiting, scurrility; lie, slur, smear, untruth, false accusation, false report, insult, slight• informal mud-slingingNorth American • informal bad-mouthing• archaic contumely
- 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
- Make false and damaging statements about (someone): they were accused of slandering the head of stateMore example sentences
defame, defame someone's character, blacken someone's name, give someone a bad name, tell lies about, speak ill/evil of, drag through the mud/mire, throw/sling/fling mud at, sully someone's reputation, libel, smear, run a smear campaign against, cast aspersions on, spread scandal about, besmirch, tarnish, taint, misrepresent; malign, traduce, vilify, calumniate, disparage, denigrate, decry, run down; North American slurBritish • informal do a hatchet job on• rare derogate, asperse, vilipend
- 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.
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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.
Middle English: from Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from late Latin scandalum (see scandal).