Definition of slander noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈslɑːndə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈslændər//
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[countable, uncountable] a false spoken statement intended to damage the good opinion people have of somebody; the legal offence of making this kind of statement a vicious slander on the company’s good name He's suing them for slander. compare libel Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from late Latin scandalum ‘cause of offence’, from Greek skandalon ‘snare, stumbling block’.Extra examples I might have grounds for a slander suit. Many teachers saw the statement as a gross slander on their profession. He’s suing them for slander. She regarded his comments as a vicious slander on her reputation.
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