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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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The identification of the slanderous tongue with the devil is also a common feature of all these texts, diabolos in Greek meaning "the slanderer." Unsurprisingly, references to the devil are usually associated with serpents, asps, vipers, and other reptiles.
Denounced by "defenders of the good name of Jedwabne" as yet another "Jewish slanderer," she had to resort to subterfuge to be able to talk to some.
Finally, Robinson's revisionist Memoirs, which purchasers supposed would be a titillating revelation of her affair with the Prince of Wales, but which was instead an effort to bleach all stain from the fabric of her life, supported her contentions in the Letter to the Women of England by sharing her own account of her relations with libertines, slanderers, and deserting fathers, husbands and lovers.
It couldn't be that the editors are promoting the notion that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are slanderers, could it?
Now comes Ron the slanderer of Chinese women with a trashy remark that reeked of Bernard Manning.
To foster belief, the slanderer employs a rhetorical strategy suggesting an intrinsic, functional relation between language, materiality and agency expressed in the two most powerful metaphors for slander--poison and witchcraft" (30).
(22) Slander, on the other hand, locates the slanderer within a hierarchically structured realm, constituting an offence against the Holy Spirit, the saints, and, above all, Christ himself ["Slandrynge of Gode is specialy / When wrange ys sayd of Gode mighty" (23)], since the practitioners of slander, like those who indulge in swearing, re-enact the torments of Christ's Passion:
When Golyadkin protests that he has been slandered, Anton Antonovich deconstructs this fiction in much the same way Vakhrameyev did earlier, by insisting that he, senior, is the slanderer, "accusing somebody else of something you were implicated in yourself" (245).
The Greek [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is translated as akelqarse (e.g., Matt 4:11), a compound idiom derived ultimately from Akkadian, meaning "accuser, slanderer." (37) Akelqarse, therefore, has a meaning quite close to that of Hebrew satan (n.b.
He was excoriated as a royalist and a slanderer, among other things, and his critics inveighed against his foreign and squalid upbringing.
This produced a noun, 'diabollos', 'slanderer', which eventually evolved into our word 'devil'.
On March 24, 1932, Halpin mused in a column in the Globe that it was a mystery how anyone could be found "in this enlightened age" who would pay attention "to the ravings" of Maloney's "apparently deranged brain." Moreover, Halpin called Maloney, among other epithets, an "unscrupulous degenerate," "a demagogue," "a liar," "a mountebank," and a "slanderer" because of his insinuation "that Catholic nurses were out to murder Protestant patients" in Alberta hospitals.