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In the United States, it is extremely difficult for someone famous to win a slander lawsuit—almost no matter what is said.
  words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
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slander slanderous slandering slanders slandered slanderer slanderously
Strongly Associated with:   defame, libel
The legal distinction between libel and slander is that libel is an oral offense while slander is written or published.
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  • In the United States, it is extremely difficult for someone famous to win a slander lawsuit—almost no matter what is said.
  • Check your sources or you could be sued for slander.
  • No, ’tis slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword
    William Shakespeare
  • Young fellow, you’d better get your facts straight before making such outrageous and slanderous charges.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot

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  • she is wronged, she is slandered, she is undone.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Do not buy this book! Ladies of Jackson, do not support this slander...
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Just recall to your mind what these malicious creatures wrote in the papers about papa, and how horribly they slandered him.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • It’s not about punish the doctors or slander the hospital.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • my reputation stain’d With Tybalt’s slander,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • In such a night
    Did pretty Jessica, like a little shrew,
    Slander her love, and he forgave it her.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice

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  • For slander lives upon succession
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • did you set these women on to slander Lord Angelo?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • The constable was not amused, and the gentleman was fined for slanderous action against a lady of the town.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • This is slanderous.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Any man who slanders one of my family has me to reckon with!
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • I too would have faced many of the same impossible choices: to slander a good teacher, or be labeled an enemy of the people?
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • In less violent form, in subtle digs and supercilious little drawing-room slanders, Southerners who had ventured north were to endure such exploitative assaults upon their indwelling guilt during an era of unalleviated discomfort which ended officially on a morning in August, 1963, when on North Water Street in Edgartown, Massachusetts, the youngish, straw-haired, dimple-kneed wife of the yacht-club commodore, a prominent Brahmin investment banker, was seen brandishing a copy of James…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The Criminal Element said that sometimes it was wise to put criminals on the defensive by making "slanderous or blatantly untrue comments.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Her wrinkles were like slander.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Was it slander?
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He looked — and this is said in all contempt for the babbled slander of his garden — as if he had "killed a man."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Does any one dare to slander me?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Conversation is immoral, where the discourse is undecent, immodest, scandalous, slanderous, and abusive.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • O, fie upon thee, slanderer!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • That if ever it is carried out, it will be in the face of every obstacle that wealth and mastership can oppose—in the face of ridicule and slander, of hatred and persecution, of the bludgeon and the jail?
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Elsewhere in this volume the slanderous aspersion has been disproved, that the vocation of whaling is throughout a slatternly, untidy business.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They slander him as a traitor, and the only result will be that afterwards, ashamed of their false accusations, they will make him out a hero or a genius instead of a traitor, and that will be still more unjust.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He disagreed with Reb Saunders, yes, but he would countenance no slander against his name or his position.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Because telling lies about people is called slander.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • "She’s spreading slander about you," he heard the policeman tell Capricorn, avoiding Elinor’s eyes.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • "All right," I said, "expose me if you can, but stop the slander."
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • If the fake had been revealed, he would have been able to claim that it was one of his enemies trying to slander him.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • I have a place to repair to, which will be a secure sanctuary from hateful reminiscences, from unwelcome intrusion — even from falsehood and slander.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • ’I’ll not listen to your slanders.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • All this was set going by Marfa Petrovna who managed to slander Dounia and throw dirt at her in every family.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • This is for all,— I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth Have you so slander any moment leisure As to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Rage filled the king over her slander, but being scrupulous he shrank from killing him.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He spread slanders at so much a slander.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He said that Mr. Dalton’s trying to slander the Communist Party by having him arrested.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • "[56] [56]"The bird slanders in the elms, And pretends that yesterday, Atala Went off with a Russian, Where fair maids go.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We decided that it did more harm than good because it just kept the Yankees stirred up and furnished more grist for the slander mill of his excellency, Governor Bullock.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Go ye all from this chamber door, and make not such crying and such manner of slander as ye do.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But ever Sir Andred, that was nigh cousin to Sir Tristram, lay in a watch to wait betwixt Sir Tristram and La Beale Isoud, for to take them and slander them.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Though the inspector had no such convenient pulpit for reply, certain trenchant remarks of his on persecution, contempt of authority, bigotry, religious mania, the law of slander, and the probable effects of direct action in opposition to Government sanction achieved a wide circulation.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • And he related how a peasant had stolen some flour from the miller, and when the miller told him of it, had lodged a complaint for slander.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • OEDIPUS Vile slanderer, thou blurtest forth these taunts, And think’st forsooth as seer to go scot free.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • There is no slander in an allowed fool, though he do nothing but rail; nor no railing in known discreet man, though he do nothing but reprove.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Yet, after all, are we not slandering an excellent and amiable man?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • And I am ashamed of you, sir,’ said Mrs. Pegler, lastly, ’for your slanders and suspicions.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
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