the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.
“he is suing the TV network for slander”
make false and damaging statements about (someone).
“they were accused of slandering the head of state”
synonyms: defame (someone’s character), blacken someone’s name, tell lies about, speak ill/evil of, sully someone’s reputation, libel, smear, cast aspersions on, spread scandal about, besmirch, tarnish, taint;
Key word, FALSE.
Also, let’s say there’s a broad statement made. Such as, “Some people like to poop in shoes.”
You happen to be a person that likes to poop in shoes. You see this statement, and realize, “Hey, I relate to that statement!”
That isn’t slander. Unless you tell other people, no one knows you like to poop in shoes. The person making the statement was not singling you out for pooping in shoes. They didn’t say “Sally Sue likes to poop in shoes”. That is not slander.
HOWEVER. You going around and telling people the person who made the initial shoe poopin’ statement is spreading lies about you or that they are talking about shoe poop only because they’re mad at you for an unrelated topic, or that they in general are a terrible person, and you make it specific enough that people contact the person out of the blue to confront them about being a bad person? You’ve actually slandered THEM.