Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The allegation in a declaration for defamation that the words were used of or concerning the plaintiff. See 59 Pa. St. 488.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    One of the usual parts of the declaration in an action for slander. It is a general averment that the words-complained of were spoken "of and concerning the plaintiff," or concerning the extrinsic matters alleged in the inducement, and its office is to connect the whole publication with the previous statement Van Vechten v. Hopkins, 5 Johns. (N. Y.) 220, 4 Am. Den. 339; Lukehart v. Byerly, 53 Pa. 421; Squires v. State, 39 Tex. Cr. R. 96, 45 S. W. 147, 73 Am. St. Rep. 904; Vanderlip v. Roe, 23 Pa. 82; McCIaughry v. Wetmore, 6 Johns. (N. Y.) 82, 5 Am. Dec. 194. An averment that the words in question are spoken of or concerning seme usage, report, or fact which gives to words otherwise indifferent the peculiar defamatory meaning assigned to them. Carter v. Andrews, 16 Pick. (Mass.) 6