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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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In doing so he enacts the reversal always available to accused slanderers.
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.
Gross's chapter titles identify four of his chosen plays with a somewhat different style (if that may be the right word) of noise: A chapter on rumor in Hamlet is followed by one called "The Book of the Slanderer," which attempts a historical understanding of attitudes toward slander at the beginning of the seventeenth-century; a chapter on Measure for Measure is concerned with styles of hearing, attending to, or avoiding noise.
Review of Greyhound for Breakfast, by James Kelman; and Pauper, Brawler, and Slanderer, by Amos Tutuola.
The oppressor brutalises himself, But those he subdues have their dignity; The slanderer sinks barbs in his own flesh, But those he vilifies are free of hurt; The liar's distortion blurs his vision, But those he deceives improve their focus; The cheat deprives himself of his value, But his victim's loss is replaceable; Faithless lovers become lonely strangers, But those they betray are silent allies.
We will solve it despite the ill-tempered, slanderer, and hindering opposition, exploiters and the conflict lobby," said Erdogan.
For example when tempted to get dirty with a slanderer I sometimes instead opine "My old father used to say, never wrestle with a chimney sweep, you can't come out clean".
A rival called him "an obscene foreign vagabond, a pestilential scoundrel, ass, rogue, habitual liar, loathsome and leprous slanderer and libeller" - which seems a bit much, even for a publisher.
Matt 4:11), a compound idiom derived ultimately from Akkadian, meaning "accuser, slanderer.
Instead], you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater and a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler.
It also forces the slanderer or blasphemer to stand alone with his words and deeds.
We will solve this problem despite the slanderer and hindering opposition.