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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]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


a. defamation in some transient form, as by spoken words, gestures, etc.
b. a slanderous statement, etc.
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This is an altogether impressive book--original in its claims about the intersections among slander, gender, equity, and Renaissance drama; persuasive in its detailed arguments about slander as a linguistic, rhetorical, and juridical phenomenon; generous and yet exacting in its relation to previous scholarship (including Joel Altman's argument about Renaissance dramatic appropriations of "rhetorical instruments of deliberation like the controversia, the suasoria and the argumentum in utramque partem" [6], Lorna Hutson's assessment of equity, and John Hamilton Baker's and Ian Maclean's underestimation of the impact of humanism on the law); and enormously compelling in its analyses of the slander triangle, and in particular the slandered heroine, in Renaissance drama.
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