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- n. One who slanders or defames the name or reputation of another person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who slanders; a defamer; a calumniator.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who slanders; a calumniator; a defamer; one who wrongs another by maliciously uttering something to the injury of his good name.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
A slanderer is one whose tongue is set on fire of hell; so much, and so directly, do these do the devil's work, that for it the devil's name is given to such.
That the slanderer was a fellow writer makes it even more heinous.
The slanderer was a Mr. Prendergast, who affirmed that Dr. Carey's conduct had changed so much for the worse since the departure of Lord
"They can do so," said the Elector -- "they can call the slanderer to account, and you can do so too, Burgsdorf, if it seems necessary to you."
Diogenes used to say, ‘Of all wild beasts, a slanderer is the worst.’
In my case, the slanderer was my mother, and since she was an â€˜old womanâ€ ™, little could be done to keep her from slandering and libeling me and my husband.
And behold what I would have applied to the tongue of the evil-speaker, had I undertaken to give you a just and natural idea of all the enormity of this vice: I would have said that the tongue of the slanderer is a devouring fire which tarnishes whatever it touches; which exercises its fury on the good grain, equally as on the chaff; on the profane, as on the sacred; which, wherever it passes, leaves only desolation and ruin; digs even into the bowels of the earth, and fixes itself on things the most hidden; turns into vile ashes what only a moment before had appeared to us so precious and brilliant; acts with more violence and danger than ever in the time when it was apparently smothered up and almost extinct; which blackens what it can not consume, and sometimes sparkles and delights before it destroys.
The Greek word διαβουλος literally means "slanderer".
"slanderer" is simply a translation of the Koine Greek word, "diabolos" from whence we have the word, "devil".
"Doth not," saith this kind of slanderer, "his temper incline him to do thus? may not his interest have swayed him thereto? had he not fair opportunity and strong temptation to it? hath he not acted so in like cases?