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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.
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In 1983, Pat Buchanan slanderously concluded: "The poor homosexuals; they have declared war upon nature, and now nature is exacting an awful retribution." William F.
On May 23, 1957, Foster wrote in his letter to the National Executive Committee of the CPUSA: "During the past year the Party has been grossly over-criticized, even slanderously attacked, to its grave detriment; its fundamental Marxism-Leninism has been belittled, distorted, and undermined, and its confidence in the Soviet Union, because of lop-sided criticism, has been seriously damaged--by its own members and leaders."--Collection 17 (Morris U.
in a monkey suit." (The play is notoriously full of animal references; can we likewise map Quinlaffs infuriation at the "half-breed" who murdered his wife to be akin to the slanderously racialized references to horse-breeding (i) that Iago launches up to Brabantio in the first scene?)
I sometimes think that he became immersed in Paul's epistles during his last days at Oates because he was drawn to what he cited in his Preface to A Paraphrase and Notes as "those many large parentheses," which admittedly made things difficult for readers, but also contained words that either recalled his own or applied to him: "(I speak in a human way)"; "(I speak as a fool)"; "(as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say)"; "(for I speak to them that know the law)"; "(being not without law to God, but under the law to Christi." Both Paul and Locke tried to shed their texts of the accrued obscurities of orthodoxy and priestcraft, clearing out the rubbish, in order to call forth the glory of God.