Slander

Definition of Slander

Slan´der
n.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.
Whether we speak evil of a man to his face or behind his back; the former way, indeed, seems to be the most generous, but yet is a great fault, and that which we call "reviling;" the latter is more mean and base, and that which we properly call "slander", or "Backbiting."
- Tillotson.
[We] make the careful magistrate
The mark of slander.
- B. Jonson.
2.Disgrace; reproach; dishonor; opprobrium.
Thou slander of thy mother's heavy womb.
- Shak.
3.(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. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Slandered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Slandering.]
O, do not slander him, for he is kind.
- Shak.
2.To bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts.
Tax not so bad a voice
To slander music any more than once.
- Shak.

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