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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: esclandre, from Late Latin scandalum; SCANDAL

slander

1 noun
     
slan‧der1
1 [uncountable and countable] a false spoken statement about someone, intended to damage the good opinion that people have of that person [↪ libel]
2 [uncountable]SCC the crime of making false spoken statements about someone [↪ libel]:
He is being sued for slander.
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