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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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Most treatises on slander do not target women in particular, and it can even be said that slanderers are generally assumed to be men.
The fall-back position of the slanderers is to insinuate that Jewish critics of Israel must be "self-hating Jews," animated by a perverse hatred of their own people.
The ministry urged citizens to report cyber violations to a ministry website to permit legal actions against slanderers and their web platforms and stop cyber defamation.
Indeed, the military is presently so sorrowfully placed in the face of the vociferous vituperative tirades coming freely from across the cross-section of slanderers that it would be quite a feat if at all it still retains a measure of morale and spirit.
A metaphorical reading seems a better solution, but the identity of the birds, whether slanderers, thieves or parasites, is still a mystery.
The problem with Zionist slanderers is not their meanness - any rational person will immediately discount their arguments - the real problem lies with the non-Zionist citizens or politicians who are afraid of standing up to such intimidation, because they fear being accused of "anti-Semitism" or threatened in their career.
They even have initiated legal proceedings to sue the whistle blowers, whom they call "slanderers." ("German bishops caught in massive scandal," LifeSiteNews, October 31, 2011)
My slanderers at her two sides denounced me saying, "You, O Son of Abu Sulma, are as good as dead." 33.
Reading "To the Slanderers of Russia" ("Klevetnikam Rossii"; 1831) against the postwar Soviet presentation of Pushkin as Europe's common poetic heritage provides an edifying example of such flawed counterpoint.
Mohammed Dahlan, the commissioner of information in Fatah's Central Committee, said "the members of Fatah's Central Committee are united behind Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and that some slanderers have poisoned the atmosphere of the relationship between the Central Committee and Abbas," reported the London-based ASHARQ AL AWSAT on Wednesday.
Phillips and Rahv were branded as traitors to the cause and "slanderers of the working class." Certain close friends, loyal Communists, immediately became sworn enemies.
"Olleiq has the right to sue Murr for slander because the minister accused him of being an Israeli agent," Mansour said, recalling Murr's argument that slanderers of the army "are the true collaborators" with the Jewish state, which is officially in a state of war with Lebanon.