- contagious and disgraceful disease a
- venereal diseaseLegal jargon in the English law of defamation. If you wrongly imputed it when speaking about a woman, the plaintiff had no need to prove special damage. The Slander of Women Act 1891 also made an imputation of unchastity in a woman actionable without proof of special damage.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.
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