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Is "malign" the same as "slander"?

Adam2
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11/27/2013 7:50:44 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Some say yes, but according to the dictionary
Slander -- a false and malicious spoken statement
Malign -- speak about (someone) in a spitefully critical manner.
Doesn't seem the same according to the dictionary
RoyLatham
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12/22/2013 8:47:34 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Slander is a spoken lie about someone, while libel is a written lie.

You can malign someone without lying, by being spitefully critical but accurate. ex: "His political supporters are thieves and power hungry social climbers." If it's true it's not slander. If slander causes harm to a person, the person may be able to sue for damages. Truth is a complete defense against slander.