Definition of slander in English:


Syllabification: slan·der
Pronunciation: /ˈslandər




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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; malign, traduce, vilify, disparage, denigrate, run down, slur
    informal badmouth, dis, trash
    formal derogate



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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).

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