slander | slanderous

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Meaning(s)

a false statement made against somebody

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slander - smear

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To ‘slander’ somebody is to spread a harmful rumour you know to be false, or to deliberately make a damaging and untrue assertion about them. The purpose of such behaviour is usually to undermine that person and damage their reputation. In some cases, slander can result in legal action being taken.

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Synonyms defame,libel
Antonyms flatter,glorify

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  1. After the newspaper printed those totally unfounded accusations, the celebrity sued them for slander.

  2. Julie’s comments were meant as a slander on my good name and reputation. She is clearly gunning for my job.

  3. I am demanding an apology from the journalist for the false and slanderous claim that I wilfully misappropriated company funds.

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