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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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See also Gossip.
Slaughter (See MASSACRE.)
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]
symbol of slander. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]
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]
made leprous for maligning Moses’s marriage to Cushite. [O.T.: Numbers 12:9–10]
vilifies David, implying he stole Saul’s throne. [O.T.: II Samuel 16:7–8]
dedicated to denigrating his betters. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad; Br. Lit.: Troilus and Cressida]


a. defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc.
b. a slanderous statement, etc.
References in classic literature ?
Vice hath not, I believe, a more abject slave; society produces not a more odious vermin; nor can the devil receive a guest more worthy of him, nor possibly more welcome to him, than a slanderer.
With all this my good reader will doubtless agree; but much of it will probably seem too severe, when applied to the slanderer of books.
Again, though there may be some faults justly assigned in the work, yet, if those are not in the most essential parts, or if they are compensated by greater beauties, it will savour rather of the malice of a slanderer than of the judgment of a true critic to pass a severe sentence upon the whole, merely on account of some vicious part.
These children may most truly be called the riches of their father; and many of them have with true filial piety fed their parent in his old age: so that not only the affection, but the interest, of the author may be highly injured by these slanderers, whose poisonous breath brings his book to an untimely end.
But if you don't present the evidence, you are either a partner in the violations, or you are negligent, a liar and a slanderer," Fneish said during the session.
7) The cowardly cur has been interpreted as an iambist or slanderer, but attempts at identifying him as a real person are 'misguided' according to Fraenkel 1957:57.
These peculiar texts, commonly interpreted as protection against a slanderer, end in a curse: (41)
5) These words are spoken by Lucio in his habitual role of slanderer, and "shy" clearly has some of the word's negative connotations listed above.
This is not about a lie being promoted by the writer of an article here or an insult issued by a slanderer there.
It urged people subjected to online smear campaigns to report any cyber violations for legal action to be taken against the site and the slanderer.
When the judicial dust has settled in Vienna and all return to the business of their lives, his pardons seem likely only to reinstate the central error of laxity with which the Duke had earlier charged himself, ensuring that the city's "corruption" will continue to "boil and bubble" Not only is more serious sexual misconduct passed over, but a bribe-soliciting conspirator, a perpetual slanderer, and a convicted murderer are all turned loose.
Howard Fast Assailed by Soviet as a 'Deserter' and Slanderer," The New York Times, 25 August 1957.