American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation.
- n. A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
- v. To utter a slander about. See Synonyms at malign.
- v. To utter or spread slander.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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). Defamation if not oral is termed libel. Aspersions spoken only to the subject of them are not in law deemed slander, because not injurious to reputation; but when spoken in the hearing of a third person they are deemed published. Slander is a tort only to be proceeded for in a civil action, while libel is also punishable criminally.
- n. The fabrication or uttering of such false reports; aspersion; defamation; detraction: as, to be given to slander.
- 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 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. (Law) 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.
- 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.
- v. To bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts.
- 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
- 13th century. From Old French esclandre, from Ecclesiastical Latin scandalum ("stumbling block, temptation"), from Ancient Greek σκάνδαλον (skandalon, "scandal"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English slaundre, from Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Latin scandalum, cause of offense, stumbling block; see scandal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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