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Definition of Slander


  1. 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.
  2. Disgrace; reproach; dishonor; opprobrium.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts.

Slander Quotations

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Look, in 1800 the sainted Thomas Jefferson arranged to hire a notorious slanderer named James Callender, who worked as a writer at a Republican newspaper in Richmond, Va. Read some of what he wrote about John Adams. This was a personal slander.
Karl Rove

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
H. L. Mencken

Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander.
Victor Hugo

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
Gustave Flaubert
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Slander Translations

slander in Danish is bagtale
slander in Dutch is roddelen, kwaadspreken, belasteren
slander in Italian is calunniare
slander in Spanish is calumnia, calumniar
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