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slander

Etymology: Fr, esclandre, scandal
any words spoken with malice that are untrue and prejudicial to the reputation, professional practice, commercial trade, office, or business of another person. Formerly, slander included published defamation, but at present it is limited to spoken accusation. To bring legal action in slander, the slandered person must be able to demonstrate real temporal damages-except for cases in which the defamation relates to the person's business or profession or in which the malicious words question the person's chastity or accuse him or her of being a felon or of having a loathsome disease. Compare libel.

slander

(slăn′dĕr) [LL. scandalum, cause of offense]
Defaming the character of another through injurious speech. To qualify legally for slander, speech must intentionally impugn the reputation of another and be both malicious and demonstrably false.

slander,

n an oral defamation; the saying of false and malicious words about another, resulting in injury to his or her reputation.
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The identification of the slanderous tongue with the devil is also a common feature of all these texts, diabolos in Greek meaning "the slanderer.
Finally, Robinson's revisionist Memoirs, which purchasers supposed would be a titillating revelation of her affair with the Prince of Wales, but which was instead an effort to bleach all stain from the fabric of her life, supported her contentions in the Letter to the Women of England by sharing her own account of her relations with libertines, slanderers, and deserting fathers, husbands and lovers.
It couldn't be that the editors are promoting the notion that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are slanderers, could it?
Speculum Vitae's distinction between backbiters and slanderers, its conflation of slander with blasphemy and its insistence that the slanderer renews the suffering of Christ are not unique to its didactic poet.
And the same is true within the psychic economy of the slanderer.
However, in the New Testament, Wink argues, Satan comes to epitomize evil; he is the false accuser, the slanderer and "father of lies," the murderer and demonic "prince of the air" In this role he serves God insofar as he challenges us to face our own inner impulses toward egotism, evil, annihilation and non-being, or what Sigmund Freud and Percy called thanatos, and in so doing forces us to choose either to follow our own wills or the will of God.
A workplace jerk-"the parasite, the slanderer, the gossip, the time bomb"-can really mess with the minds of coworkers.
A workplace jerk--"the parasite, the slanderer, the gossip, the time bomb"--can really mess with the minds of coworkers.
from Australia (the theological college there accepts him), having bought his first bishopric (this would be simony, and would be shocking if it were believable), and in the words of a wisely unidentified slanderer being, in short, a 'Paki Papist'.
2] This image is offset, however, by the controversy and charges that tarnished his reputation, foremost that he was a follower of Shabbatai Zevi, and, secondarily, that he was a slanderer and plagiarist.
The editorial, calling the plaintiff "a liar, perjurer, and slanderer," a "black hearted coward," and a "companion of negro strumpets [who] revelled in [the] lowest debauches.
11) The slanderer is generally motivated by envy and tells the hearer of the slander something calculated to anger the hearer and turn them against the slandered person.