slander

If you call your teacher a "dirty toad," you're going to get into trouble––she'll call you out on the slander. Slander is the act of making a false, negative spoken statement about someone.

In law, the word slander is contrasted with libel, which is the act of making a false written statement about someone. The noun slander is from Old French esclandre, escandle "scandal," from Late Latin scandalum "stumbling block, offense."

DEFINITIONS OF: slander

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n words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another

Types:
mud
slanderous remarks or charges
Type of:
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement
a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
speech act
the use of language to perform some act

n an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

Synonyms:
aspersion, calumny, defamation, denigration
Type of:
attack
strong criticism

v charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

Synonyms:
asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, smear, smirch, sully
Types:
assassinate
destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation
libel
print slanderous statements against
badmouth, drag through the mud, malign, traduce
speak unfavorably about
Type of:
accuse, charge
blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
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