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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation.
  • n. A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
  • transitive v. To utter a slander about. See Synonyms at malign.
  • intransitive v. To utter or spread slander.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a false, malicious statement (spoken or published), especially one which is injurious to a person's reputation; the making of such a statement
  • v. to utter a slanderous statement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A false tale or report maliciously uttered, tending to injure the reputation of another; the malicious utterance of defamatory reports; the dissemination of malicious tales or suggestions to the injury of another.
  • n. Disgrace; reproach; dishonor; opprobrium.
  • n. Formerly, defamation generally, whether oral or written; in modern usage, defamation by words spoken; utterance of false, malicious, and defamatory words, tending to the damage and derogation of another; calumny. See the Note under Defamation.
  • transitive v. To defame; to injure by maliciously uttering a false report; to tarnish or impair the reputation of by false tales maliciously told or propagated; to calumniate.
  • transitive v. To bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be a stumbling-block to; give offense to; offend.
  • To discredit; disgrace; dishonor.
  • To speak ill of; defame; calumniate; disparage.
  • Specifically In law, to utter false and injurious tales or reports regarding; injure or tarnish the good name and reputation of, by false tales maliciously told or propagated. See slander, n., 4, and compare libel.
  • To reproach; charge: with with.
  • Synonyms Defame, Calumniate, etc. See asperse.
  • n. A cause of stumbling or offense; a stumbling-block; offense.
  • n. Reproach; disgrace; shame; scandal.
  • n. Ill fame; bad name or repute.
  • n. A false tale or report maliciously uttered, and intended or tending to injure the good name and reputation of another: as, a wicked and spiteful slander; specifically, in law, oral defamation published without legal excuse (Cooley).
  • n. The fabrication or uttering of such false reports; aspersion; defamation; detraction: as, to be given to slander.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
  • n. words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
  • n. an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English slaundre, from Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Latin scandalum, cause of offense, stumbling block; see scandal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

13th century. From Old French esclandre, from Ecclesiastical Latin scandalum ("stumbling block, temptation"), from Ancient Greek σκάνδαλον (skandalon, "scandal").

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