V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. the act of saying something false and damaging to a person's reputation; 2. a false statement that damages someone's reputation; (v.) to make a false and purposely malicious statement against someone

Synonyms: (n.) defamation, smear, aspersion, (v.) defame, smear, malign, besmirch, denigrate, impugn

Antonyms: truth

Tips: While slander refers to any malicious, intentional, and damaging attack on a person or his or her reputation, libel refers to slander in print. Both terms are more legally oriented than the related words defame, smear, malign, besmirch, denigrate, vilify, and impugn. For a memory trick, note how slander sounds like "slammed her." Now think about how a writer could slander an actress in an article and how people would talk about how the writer unjustly "slammed her" by spreading the nasty rumor, which was tantamount to slander.

Usage Examples:

His negative characterization of me was tantamount to slander. (defamation, aspersion) noun

The politician's reputation was slandered by his opponent, who made false accusations and leaked rumors to the press. (maligned, denigrated, besmirched) verb

I regard his malicious comments as slander on my reputation. (defamation, aspersion) noun

He made it clear that he would not allow them to get away with slandering his reputation in the press and would sue the paper for libel. (defaming, smearing, impugning) verb

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