slander vs libel

slander libel


  • 1) a false, malicious statement (spoken or published), especially one which is injurious to a person's reputation; the making of such a statement
  • 2) Law Oral communication of false and malicious statements that damage the reputation of another.
  • 3) A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
  • 4) (Law) Formerly, defamation generally, whether oral or written; in modern usage, defamation by words spoken; utterance of false, malicious, and defamatory words, tending to the damage and derogation of another; calumny. See the Note under Defamation.
  • 5) Disgrace; reproach; dishonor; opprobrium.
  • 6) A false tale or report maliciously uttered, tending to injure the reputation of another; the malicious utterance of defamatory reports; the dissemination of malicious tales or suggestions to the injury of another.
  • 7) an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
  • 8) words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
  • 9) The fabrication or uttering of such false reports; aspersion; defamation; detraction: as, to be given to slander.
  • 10) Ill fame; bad name or repute.
  • 11) Reproach; disgrace; shame; scandal.
  • 12) A false tale or report maliciously uttered, and intended or tending to injure the good name and reputation of another: as, a wicked and spiteful slander; specifically, in law, oral defamation published without legal excuse (Cooley).
  • 13) A cause of stumbling or offense; a stumbling-block; offense.
  • 14) to utter a slanderous statement
  • 15) To utter a slander about. synonym: malign.
  • 16) To utter or spread slander.
  • 17) 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.
  • 18) To bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts.


  • 1) A written (notably as handbill) or pictorial statement which unjustly seeks to damage someone's reputation.
  • 2) uncountable The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.
  • 3) An incidence of such publication or broadcast.
  • 4) The legally indefensible publication or broadcast of words or images that are degrading to a person or injurious to his or her reputation.
  • 5) The written claims initiating a suit in an admiralty court.
  • 6) (Civil Law & Courts of Admiralty) A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
  • 7) (Law) The crime of issuing a malicious defamatory publication.
  • 8) (Law) A malicious publication expressed either in print or in writing, or by pictures, effigies, or other signs, tending to expose another to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule. Such publication is indictable at common law.
  • 9) obsolete A brief writing of any kind, esp. a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.
  • 10) Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
  • 11) a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
  • 12) the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks
  • 13) Synonyms See asperse and lampoon.
  • 14) A writing of any kind; a written declaration or certificate.
  • 15) The crime of publishing a libel: as, he was guilty of libel.
  • 16) In admiralty law, Scots law, and English ecclesiastical law, a writing or document instituting a suit and containing the plaintiff's allegations.
  • 17) A defamatory writing made public; a malicious and injurious publication, expressed in printing or writing, or by signs or pictures, tending either to injure the memory of one dead or the reputation of one alive, and to expose him to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule.
  • 18) In law, a petition for a decree in divorce.
  • 19) In general, defamation; a defamatory remark or act; malicious misrepresentation in conversation or otherwise; anything intended or which tends to bring a person or thing into disrepute.
  • 20) A lampoon.
  • 21) transitive To defame someone, especially in a manner that meets the legal definition of libel.
  • 22) print slanderous statements against
  • 23) obsolete To spread defamation, written or printed; -- with against.
  • 24) To publish or broadcast a libel about (a person). synonym: malign.
  • 25) (Law) To proceed against by filing a libel, particularly against a ship or goods.
  • 26) To defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, picture, sign, etc.; to lampoon.


  • 1) At what point does it become slander or libel?
  • 2) It will show itself in that goading of other people, gossip and slander.
  • 3) It is impossible to keep libel and slander hidden in one country as before, thanks to the internet.
  • 4) We have lawyers; we try not to libel or slander; to keep objective.
  • 5) He is mournful about such matters, which in my opinion, amount to libel and slander.
  • 6) If it fails, there should be mandatory suits for slander or libel, depending on which medium the errant manager uses.
  • 7) To reduce damage from online slander and insults, the government will include ¡°cyber slander¡± as a charge subject to harsher criminal punishment than general slander in a law on the promotion and protection of communication and information.
  • 8) I use the term slander loosely, as most everybody has read of the famous text messages between Woods and Jaimee Grubbs, "Tiger: I will wear you out soon."
  • 9) Dan was sure to get the term slander in there at least three times and was in full concern troll mode, warning NBC of the risks of putting such a volatile personality on a national broadcast, someone that automatically would alienate half the audience, normally a great football talker, Dan simply unbottled and revealed himself as an angry conservative, Dan tried to get Zig to agree with him, Zig artfully declined.
  • 10) What you choose to do about this slander is your business.
  • 11) Galdikas blames her tribulations on what she calls slander spread by jealous rivals.
  • 12) He hated what he called the slander and envy of people.
  • 13) "That is what we call slander of the dead, is it not?"
  • 14) First off, "slander" is spoken, not written; I believe you meant "libel."
  • 15) The Last Hero says: ralph, slander is spoken, libel is written.
  • 16) ‘No need to set him off on a slander suit.’
  • 17) ‘Not long ago, however, the vice president filed a slander suit against some members of the Taiwan media.’
  • 18) ‘The slander cases in the years between 1870 and 1890 bear out this assertion.’
  • 19) ‘A slander case with global connections has been simmering in Chinatown since November.’
  • 20) ‘Libel and slander laws are commonly used to punish unacceptable speech.’
  • 21) ‘One simple reason is that giving credence to honest reports can open the door to malicious slanders of every kind.’
  • 22) ‘Countries shot back and forth at each other with slanders and false accusations.’
  • 23) ‘For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and slanders.’
  • 24) ‘I think, though, that we should all promise not to sue, however vile the slanders and libels might become.’
  • 25) ‘That, in my view, is the best defense against the slanders, lies, and outrageous absurdities of critics like Cornwell and Goldhagen.’
  • 26) ‘However, I hear from others that petty slanders are not only common at HP, they're pretty much a house speciality.’
  • 27) ‘Such slanders are nothing more or less than Social Racism - the belief that certain people are ‘trash’ because of an accident of birth.’
  • 28) ‘I had the same reaction when the slanders mounted against Thomas.’
  • 29) ‘He vanished into the wilderness in 1848, and shortly afterwards disappeared again beneath a pile of odious slanders.’
  • 30) ‘Prominent Americans like Henry Ford spewed vile slanders about them.’
  • 31) ‘Ad hominem slanders are fine when directed at former comrades.’
  • 32) ‘The response of students to it should banish slanders about ‘student apathy’.’
  • 33) ‘All of this can be had without the malicious slander or the scandalous headlines.’
  • 34) ‘I cannot tell you how much of this is truth or malicious slander.’
  • 35) ‘Over against the malicious slanders of these men is the nearly universal admiration for Othello.’
  • 36) ‘There is therefore no basis for a cause of action of slander of title.’
  • 37) ‘Mass arrests and a slander campaign have been the rule ever since.’
  • 38) ‘If the most vicious slanders imaginable and rampant election fraud don't constitute fighting dirty, what would?’
  • 39) ‘In the hope that the professor has since repented of such vicious slander, I do not mention the name.’
  • 40) ‘The defendants are further entitled to know who allegedly uttered the slander, what was said and to whom.’
  • 41) ‘Without libeling or slandering anybody, can you talk about murders like that in isolation from the political situation?’
  • 42) ‘Now, if Coleman were the responsible journalist he claims to be, don't you think he would have done a little investigation before slandering us again?’
  • 43) ‘I wrote Pejman to tell him I was slandering him, and he wrote back to offer an unsurprisingly able defense against my charges.’
  • 44) ‘No more worries about slandering Lee Hsien Yang accidentally.’
  • 45) ‘When Vajpayee prevented them from violating court orders on the Babri Masjid site, they started slandering him in public.’
  • 46) ‘I respect that you have withheld your name whilst slandering me and all the brownies I live with in brownsville.’
  • 47) ‘I was too cut off from the world to know that the news of my arrest had broken and that the government was slandering me in the press.’
  • 48) ‘He slandered his comrades and he did it, as I wrote in the May 3 issue of National Review, by ‘Americanizing’ Soviet propaganda.’
  • 49) ‘I have decided to close the thread on DARP and remove the thread which slandered him and I know I MUST offer an explanation.’
  • 50) ‘He slandered his fellow soldiers, calling them indiscriminate killers and comparing them to Genghis Kahn.’
  • 51) ‘When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly.’
  • 52) ‘He was shamed by a national radio station who slandered him by suggesting that his favorite band is The Carpenters.’
  • 53) ‘I asked my father if I could put the previous post up, as he and my mother are slandered libellously.’
  • 54) ‘I would like to point out at this juncture that I have never slandered her.’
  • 55) ‘These people slandered me in the worst kind of ways, and made me feel like I was worth nothing.’
  • 56) ‘His stepmother Zhu treated him badly and always slandered him in the front of his father.’
  • 57) ‘Once, a competitor was slandering us to some potential customers.’
  • 58) ‘‘Come along now Mrs. Mason,’ the deputy said with a sigh. ‘You can't go around slandering an innocent man.’’
  • 59) ‘For their pains, they are slandered and vilified by the likes of Afshah.’
  • 60) ‘Isn't this the same administration which slanders all opponents and threatened to fire an analyst for telling the truth?’


  • 1) We have some of the most stringent libel laws in the world.
  • 2) The abuse of libel laws is not imaginary.
  • 3) Real journalists are governed by libel laws and editorial standards.
  • 4) Outside the court after his libel trial, a mob howled for his blood.
  • 5) His attempts to capitalise on a new film of the libel trial by embarking on a lecture tour are as shamefully opportunistic as they are pointless.
  • 6) The new law protected journalists by imposing on claimants the burden to show that the alleged libel actually caused them'serious harm '.
  • 7) What do you get when you cross a libel lawyer with a demon from hell?
  • 8) My neighbour points out that most libel trials are decided by juries.
  • 9) At what point does it become slander or libel?
  • 10) The barrister takes on a libel suit against a publisher.
  • 11) Then came the libel action and drugs allegations.
  • 12) He is famous for not being boring and has the libel damages to prove it.
  • 13) We have got very strong libel laws in this country.
  • 14) They have worked in the media for many years and are well versed in the pain thresholds of defendant libel lawyers.
  • 15) Meantime litigation will remain the only option, for both libel and privacy claimants.
  • 16) And this is in a context where libel claimants have built-in advantages.
  • 17) He had a spell in prison after he lied in a 1987 libel trial.
  • 18) This judgment will now strengthen the position of others facing libel suits, too.
  • 19) The Bill will bring libel laws into the modern age.
  • 20) You need deep pockets to risk hiring the top-flight libel lawyers.
  • 21) Books are already being cancelled by publishers because the economics of publishing are such that they cannot sustain the costs of a libel action.
  • 22) It is impossible to keep libel and slander hidden in one country as before, thanks to the internet.
  • 23) We do not assist the genuine victims of libel by maintaining a system which is slow, expensive and complex.
  • 24) They would also reduce costs in accident, libel and privacy claims and lead to many accident victims recovering more damages.
  • 25) A judicial committee rejected his allegations and recommended that criminal charges of libel should be brought against anyone repeating them.
  • 26) A curb on foreign libel claimants using English courts in the hope of big payouts is also being considered.
  • 27) And the Act removes the presumption in favour of Jury trial for libel claims.
  • 28) On the contrary, in 1804 he found himself once again facing a libel charge.
  • 29) April except (1) Dr. Royce's insistence that my reply to his first libel should _not be published at all without his second libel_, and
  • 30) Jill and Gretta are apparently on the job and both using the term libel as if they knew what it meant.
  • 31) "A thrush forgets in a year," which I call a libel on one of our most intelligent birds; or cry, with another singer,
  • 32) The old man, not knowing to whom to ascribe the (what he termed libel,) vented his malice on me, by asserting that I was the author of it, of which I was perfectly innocent: but he made my master believe it.
  • 33) As to his defence having been abandoned, we refer your Lordships to the last petition laid by him upon your table, (that libellous petition, which we speak of as a libel upon the House of Commons,) and which has no validity but as it asserts a matter of fact from the petitioner; and there you will find that he has declared explicitly, that, for the accommodation and ease of this business, and for its expedition, he did abandon his defence at a certain period.
  • 34) However, it's a legal principle that public figures have a much higher bar to reach in libel and slander suits.
  • 35) When she spread rumors using her blog defaming Governor Palin she has forgotten something; defamation of character or libel is a CRIME.
  • 36) U R putting it to Lenn to have him aid you in libel ... as your name suggest do you have him over a barrel?
  • 37) Most notably, Prof Caplan maintains that the right of an employee to sue for slander or libel is a punishment for "honesty."
  • 38) Perhaps CAP will push US News to issue a correction … but unless the libel is personal and derogatory then yawn …
  • 39) ‘The extent of publication is also very relevant: a libel published to millions has a greater potential to cause damage than a libel published to a handful of people.’
  • 40) ‘Despite the recommendations of the Faulks Committee, the law of defamation still distinguishes between libel and slander.’
  • 41) ‘A statement that a police officer is under is investigation is no doubt defamatory, but the sting in the libel is not as sharp as the statement that he has by his conduct brought suspicion on himself.’
  • 42) ‘A newcomer to the newsroom with no background in what constitutes libel is a time bomb waiting to go off.’
  • 43) ‘As Robertson circulated his pamphlet where he could, the matter was a serious libel.’
  • 44) ‘During the 1790s Pitt frequently resorted to seditious libel as a blunt instrument against the reform movement.’
  • 45) ‘A third common law offence which may involve strict liability is that of blasphemous libel.’
  • 46) ‘Ironically, the action is over a short story concerning a previous libel action.’
  • 47) ‘The libel action deals with events surrounding the closure of Irish Press newspapers in 1995.’
  • 48) ‘Britain's libel laws are almost the opposite of those in the United States.’
  • 49) ‘A judge at Cork Circuit Cork yesterday ruled that he was libelled by only two newspapers, and awarded him damages of £5,600.’
  • 50) ‘Browne has viciously slandered and libeled me, in the public media, repeatedly.’
  • 51) ‘Gilligan's lawyer wrote to the film production company, seeking to ensure that he was not libelled.’
  • 52) ‘Richardson claims she was libeled and her reputation as a professional interviewer has been irrevocably damaged.’
  • 53) ‘That doesn't mean that it is OK to slander and libel people.’

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