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Slander

Slander c.1290, from Anglo-Fr. esclaundre, O.Fr. esclandre "scandalous statement," alteration of escandle "scandal," from L. scandalum "cause of offense, stumbling block, temptation" (see scandal). The verb is attested from c.1300, from O.Fr. esclandrer, from esclandre. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=slander
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