Slander Slan"der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slandered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slandering}.] 1. To defame; to injure by maliciously uttering a false report; to tarnish or impair the reputation of by false tales maliciously told or propagated; to calumniate. [1913 Webster]

O, do not slander him, for he is kind. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts. [1913 Webster]

Tax not so bad a voice To slander music any more than once. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To asperse; defame; calumniate; vilify; malign; belie; scandalize; reproach. See {Asperse}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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