slander


slander
The speaking of base and defamatory words tending to prejudice another in his reputation, community standing, office, trade, business, or means of livelihood. Little Stores v. Isenberg, 26 Tenn.App. 357, 172 S.W.2d 13, 16.
Oral defamation; the speaking of false and malicious words concerning another, whereby injury results to his reputation. Lloyd v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, C.C.A.7, 55 F.2d 842, 844.
The essential elements of slander are:
(a) a false and defamatory statement concerning another;
(b) an unprivileged communication to a third party;
(c) fault amounting at least to negligence on the part of the publisher; and
(d) either actionability of the statement irrespective of harm or the existence of special harm caused by the publication. Restatement, Second, Torts No. 558.
"Libel" and "slander" are both methods of defamation; the former being expressed by print, writing, pictures, or signs; the latter by oral expressions or transitory gestures.
Compare libel
See Restatement, Second, Torts, No.568.
See also actionable per quod
- actionable per se
@ slanderer
One who commits slander.
See slander
@ slander of title
A false and malicious statement, oral or written, made in disparagement of a person's title to real or personal property, or of some right of his causing him special damage. Higgins v. Higgins, 103 Nev. 443, 744 P.2d 530, 531.
See also jactitation; slander
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  • slander — slan·der 1 / slan dər/ vt: to utter slander against slan·der·er n slander 2 n [Anglo French esclandre, from Old French escandle esclandre scandal, from Late Latin scandalum moral stumbling block, disgrace, from Greek skandalon, literally, snare,… …   Law dictionary

  • Slander — • The attributing to another of a fault of which one knows him to be innocent Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Slander     Slander      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Slander — Slan der, n. [OE. sclandere, OF. esclandre, esclandle, escandre, F. esclandre, fr. L. scandalum, Gr. ??? a snare, stumbling block, offense, scandal; probably originally, the spring of a trap, and akin to Skr. skand to spring, leap. See {Scan},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slander — n calumny, *detraction, backbiting, scandal Analogous words: defamation, vilification, aspersion, traducing (see corresponding verbs at MALIGN): *abuse, vituperation, invective, obloquy, scurrility slander vb defame, libel, calumniate, *malign,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • slander — [n] scandalous remark aspersion, backbiting*, backstabbing*, belittlement, black eye*, calumny, defamation, depreciation, detraction, dirt*, dirty linen*, disparagement, hit*, libel, lie, misrepresentation, muckraking, mud*, mud slinging*,… …   New thesaurus

  • slander — [slan′dər] n. [ME sclaunder < Anglo Fr esclaundre (OFr esclandre, escandle) < LL(Ec) scandalum: see SCANDAL] 1. the utterance in the presence of another person of a false statement or statements, damaging to a third person s character or… …   English World dictionary

  • slander — ► NOUN Law 1) the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person s reputation. Compare with LIBEL(Cf. ↑libelous). 2) a false and malicious spoken statement. ► VERB ▪ make such statements about. DERIVATIVES slanderer …   English terms dictionary

  • SLANDER — The only instance of defamation in biblical law for which a penalty is prescribed is that of the virgin (Deut. 22:19) – and that defamation is in the nature of a matrimonial stratagem (cf. Deut. 22:16–17) rather than of a specifically defamatory… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • slander — ▪ I. slander slan‧der 1 [ˈslɑːndə ǁ ˈslændər] noun [countable, uncountable] LAW a spoken statement about someone that is not true and is intended to damage the good opinion that people have of him or her, or the legal offence of making a… …   Financial and business terms

  • slander — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ gross (BrE), malicious, vicious, vile VERB + SLANDER ▪ be guilty of ▪ sue sb for …   Collocations dictionary


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