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Slander, subst. 1) defamation, calumny: Sonn. 70, 2. 131, 14. Gent. III, 2, 43. Meas. V, 525. Ado II, 1, 144. III, 1, 84. III, 3, 169 “(make).” IV, 1, 307. V, 1, 68. V, 4, 66. R2 I, 1, 171. H4B Ind. R2 I, 1, 171 H6B III, 2, 68. R3 I, 3, 26. Troil. I, 3, 193. Rom. IV, 1, 33 Hml. II, 2, 198. Lr. III, 2, 87. Oth. IV, 2, 133. Cymb. II, 5, 26. III, 4, 35. III, 4, 35 IV, 2, 272. Misapplied for slanderer by Dogberry: Ado V, 1, 221.
2) ill report, disreputation: “and yet my nature never in the fight, to do in s.” Meas. I, 3, 43 (perhaps == to act in danger of being misjudged. A passage variously emended by the commentators). “s. lives upon succession,” Err. III, 1, 105. “change s. to remorse,” Ado IV, 1, 213 (i. e. ill report to pity). “that s. is found a truth now,” H8 II, 1, 153. “you shall not find me, after the s. of most stepmothers, evil-eyed unto you,” Cymb. I, 1, 71.
3) reproach, disgrace, scandal: “to clear this spot by death, at least I give a badge of fame to --'s livery,” Lucr. 1054. “my blood shall wash the s. of mine ill,” Lucr. 1054 “free from these --s and this open shame,” Err. IV, 4, 70. “prevents the s. of his wife,” As IV, 1, 61. “he the sacred honour of himself . . . betrays to s.” Wint. II, 3, 85. “a partial s. sought I to avoid,” R2 I, 3, 241 (== reproach of partiality). “thou hast wrought a deed of s. upon my head,” V, 6, 35. “every word you speak in his behalf is s. to your royal dignity,” H6B III, 2, 209. “for more s. to thy dismal seat,” R3 III, 3, 13. “the purest of their wives is foul as s.” Oth. IV, 2, 19. Abstr. pro concr.: “till I have told this s. of his blood,” R2 I, 1, 113 (this disgracer of his race). “learn to know such --s of the age,” H5 III, 6, 84. “thou s. of thy mother's heavy womb,” R3 I, 3, 231.
4) injury, offence done by words: “I did but act, he's author of thy s.” Ven. 1006 (== the insult committed against thee). “action of s.” Meas. II, 1, 190 (opposed to an action of battery). “s. to the state,” V, 325. “there is no s. in an allowed fool, though he do nothing but rail,” Tw. I, 5, 101. “you speak it out of fear and cold heart. Do me no s., Douglas,” H4A IV, 3, 8. “my reputation stained with Tybalt's s.” Rom. III, 1, 117. “there is never a fair woman has a true face. No s., they steal hearts,” Ant. II, 6, 106 (== no offence).
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