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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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So it is Sir Alex can slanderously call referee Uriah Rennie a "f*** cheat" for failing to notice a Newcastle foul on Ryan Giggs .
Lynne Murphy is, within the script's limitations, effective as the eccentric woman who lived among Aboriginals while at the same time slanderously describing them as cannibals.
I am inclined--for reasons that I prefer not to pursue further here, but that are related in the broadest sense to the church authority's resistance to ordaining women as priests--to the opinion, contrary to that of the overwhelming majority, that this assertion is not a rumor slanderously promulgated by that anarchist and destroyer of monuments Andreas Sablatnig, but the truth.) So, it was in Busum in Schleswig-Holstein that Aunt Steffi, the unsuspecting Steffi, was tricked by treacherous Nature, who appeared with all possible backdrops conducive to so-called love and surrounded her on all sides.
Such a person not only accuses the sufferers slanderously with having caused their own suffering, but also indirectly belittles the guilt of the truly guilty by implying that they only did what they had to do.
And legal documents leaked to a newspaper allege she was to be seized "according to instructions provided by the Onassis Foundation." The Athens-based Onassis trustees have hit back with a threat to sue Swiss legal authorities for "slanderously" implicating them.