But in reality there is another light, in which these modern critics may, with great justice and propriety, be seen; and this is that of a common slanderer. If a person who prys into the characters of others, with no other design but to discover their faults, and to publish them to the world, deserves the title of a slanderer of the reputations of men, why should not a critic, who reads with the same malevolent view, be as properly stiled the slanderer of the reputation of books?
Vice hath not, I believe, a more abject slave; society produces not a more odious vermin; nor can the devil receive a guest more worthy of him, nor possibly more welcome to him, than a slanderer. The world, I am afraid, regards not this monster with half the abhorrence which he deserves; and I am more afraid to assign the reason of this criminal lenity shown towards him; yet it is certain that the thief looks innocent in the comparison; nay, the murderer himself can seldom stand in competition with his guilt: for slander is a more cruel weapon than a sword, as the wounds which the former gives are always incurable.
With all this my good reader will doubtless agree; but much of it will probably seem too severe, when applied to the slanderer of books.
Again, though there may be some faults justly assigned in the work, yet, if those are not in the most essential parts, or if they are compensated by greater beauties, it will savour rather of the malice of a slanderer than of the judgment of a true critic to pass a severe sentence upon the whole, merely on account of some vicious part.
! Ought I to treat him as a nephew, the son of my sister Anisia?"
"And Pyotr Petrovitch is a contemptible slanderer
," Dounia snapped out, suddenly.
"It seems to me that if what he says is false, the proper name for it is calumny, defamation of character; and such a slanderer
deserves the thrashing."
Codes Number Percentage Codes Internet real-name No 612 27.97 Digital news No registration system Yes 1,576 72.03 writing and Yes reporting rules Online No 800 36.56 No slanderers
will be punished in Yes 1,388 63.44 Whitelist Yes jail system Online deletion No 386 17.64 No system Yes 1,802 82.36 Interview Yes Ten Codes Number Percentage Internet real-name 1,129 51.60 registration system 1,059 48.40 Online 1,222 55.85 slanderers
will be punished in 966 44.15 jail Online deletion 1,368 62.52 system 820 37.48 Table 4.
"Liars and slanderers
became the system's supporters.
Evdokiia, who forbade her children to take action against the slanderers
, told her offspring to rely on God, who would mete out punishment on the guilty in his own time, and who would protect Evdokiia's sons from temptations, uprisings, and intrigues.
Do not be deceived [misled]: Neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality, nor cheats [swindlers and thieves], nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revellers and slanderers
, nor extortionists and robbers will inherit the kingdom of God."
On several occasions he called his opponents 'smelly,' 'moral monsters,' 'slanderers
,' and 'cannibals who eat corpses of relatives.'
Owing much to medieval pastoral writings on the "sins of the tongue," these texts leveled violent criticisms at those who abused the tongue, whether they be liars, swearers, blasphemers, or slanderers
. Particularly harsh was the condemnation of slander, also called detraction, calumny, defamation, or backbiting.
"Had it not been for 'slanderers
', the former Paphos mayor, whose lawyer your father was, would still have been mayor," Fedonos said.
Promising his constituency blazing earthly days ahead, the MP added that shameful party slanderers
(in Saudi Arabia) must apologize first to his Umma of believers rather than keep all 8 million Saudis under the poverty line.