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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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