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I need a word that means the above. I have a character who is a bit of an outcast and people whisper horrible things about her whenever she's around. Any ideas?

The sentence is:

Hours afterwards, miles from school, she could still hear the hateful remarks whispered between friends when they thought she couldn’t hear.

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    Could you give a sample sentence, please? It helps to know if you want a noun, verb, adjective etc. I presume you want a noun? – Pam Oct 22 '18 at 17:07
  • Of course... 'Hours afterwards, miles from school, she could still hear the hateful remarks whispered between friends when they thought she couldn’t hear.' Something that might replace 'remarks'. Thank you! – Ashep Oct 22 '18 at 17:13
  • The most obvious answer is: a malicious rumour. A rumour is a whispered story, and ‘malicious’ means ‘intending hurt or harm’. It is exactly what you need. – Tuffy Oct 22 '18 at 20:56
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The particular vocabulary used depends very much on the situation.

Discommend, discommendation: consider the usual uses of "commendation" in an academic, policing or military context, perhaps formally, perhaps with sardonic humour. The colloquial "Slagged (me) off" would be more casual.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/trash-talk

abuse, scold, disapprove (of), dislike, censure, condemn, criticize, denounce, reprehend, reprobate, asperse, defame, malign, rip, slander, slur, traduce, vilify, discredit, disgrace

  • quite a few usefull synonyms and synonymous phrases, many of which can take both noun and verbal forms. Again, the context and persons involved must determine which is used.
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Slander.

From American Heritage (link above):

  1. A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
  • Malicious, yes. However, the things that are whispered about my character aren't false. They're entirely true. Thank you for your help! – Ashep Oct 22 '18 at 17:27
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You could desribe them as muttering "barbed comments".

A barbed remark or joke seems polite or humorous, but contains a cleverly hidden criticism.

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