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slander:

see libel and slanderlibel and slander,
in law, types of defamation. In common law, written defamation was libel and spoken defamation was slander. Today, however, there are no such clear definitions.
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Slander

See also Gossip.
Slaughter (See MASSACRE.)
Basile
calumniating, niggardly bigot. [Fr. Lit.: Barber of Seville; Marriage of Figaro]
Blatant Beast
monster with 100 tongues; calumnious voice of world. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Candour, Mrs.
the most energetic calumniator. [Br. Lit.: School for Scandal]
cobaea vine
symbol of slander. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 173]
hellebore
symbol of slander. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]
Iago
malignant Venetian commander; slanders Cassio to Othello. [Br. Lit.: Othello]
Kay, Sir
ill-mannered, mean-spirited, but above all, scurrilous. [Br. Lit.: Le Morte d’Arthur; Idylls of the King]
Miriam
made leprous for maligning Moses’s marriage to Cushite. [O.T.: Numbers 12:9–10]
Shimei
vilifies David, implying he stole Saul’s throne. [O.T.: II Samuel 16:7–8]
Thersites
dedicated to denigrating his betters. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad; Br. Lit.: Troilus and Cressida]

slander

Law
a. defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc.
b. a slanderous statement, etc.
References in classic literature ?
It was dark, and past supper-time, but the judge was not thinking of supper; he was eager to hear the slander refuted from headquarters, and as eager to have Howard hear it, too.
I will begin at the beginning, and ask what is the accusation which has given rise to the slander of me, and in fact has encouraged Meletus to proof this charge against me.
The latter had evidently feared a revelation of his supposed misconduct to Madame Granson; and Suzanne, at the risk of not getting a penny from the society, was possessed with the desire, on leaving Alencon, of entangling the old bachelor in the inextricable meshes of a provincial slander.
people say that I am in love, and yet they do not slander me
Is it an objection that I have triumphantly defended myself against slander and vindicated my purity in a court of justice?
And this circumstance, while it explains the true motives of Lady Susan's conduct, and removes all the blame which has been so lavished on her, may also convince us how little the general report of anyone ought to be credited; since no character, however upright, can escape the malevolence of slander.
You might as well slander Fred: it comes pretty near to it when you refuse to say you didn't set a slander going.
A SLANDER travelling rapidly through the land upon its joyous mission was accosted by a Retraction and commanded to halt and be killed.
Some idle slander somebody has been inventing, I suppose.
Coarse slander, fire, tar and feathers and the gibbet, the youth may freely bring home to his mind and with what sweetness of temper he can, and inquire how fast he can fix his sense of duty, braving such penalties, whenever it may please the next newspaper and a sufficient number of his neighbors to pronounce his opinions incendiary.
He accuses such idealists of hypocrisy and guile; he says they lack innocence in their desires and therefore slander all desiring.
And he related how a peasant had stolen some flour from the miller, and when the miller told him of it, had lodged a complaint for slander.