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RUMOR. A general public report of certain things, without any certainty as to their truth.
     2. In general, rumor cannot be received in evidence, but when the question is whether such rumor existed, and not its truth or falsehood, then evidence of it may be given.

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He then analyzes Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Massacre at Paris, and Edward II in terms of male rumormongers and failures of earwitnessing.
Evidently, rumormongers were unfamiliar with the resurrections of Sherlock Holmes, Bobby Ewing, and even Superman, who was killed and brought back in 1993.
When one particularly captious critic compared the sculptor's methods to those of a daguerreotypeur, Clesinger wasted no time in challenging him to a duel, to the great delight of Parisian rumormongers.
She realised that as a monarch, her freedom, independence and privacy would be both curtailed and exposed [and] it would be difficult, if not impossible, to keep disagreements from either a very watchful press or an army of rumormongers.
And the Blaenau Ffestiniog-based band stresses their headlining appearance at next month's Teny Ddraig gig at the Faenol festival is anything but the farewell performance some rumormongers have made it out to be.
The station will probably be presenting another "Smooth Christmas" and the rumormongers have the station changing to "Urban Oldies" once the holidays end.
Every town has its fanatics, drunks, gossips, and rumormongers.
With utter disregard for rumormongers in the island's high society, he accompanied her to tea dances and dinner parties and on long walks a deux along the splendid beaches, during which they occasionally paused so that he could read her his favorite poems in the Oxford Book of English Verse.
So why are all those dopey rumormongers talking about them?
12) Muller's predictions quickly spread throughout Europe; fascinating the emperor Rudolph II, an amateur astronomer, panicking Philip II to jail astrologers and rumormongers, and causing the sailors preparing the invasion of England to desert the Spanish fleet.
The police arrested two men Tuesday for spreading rumors and Nik Ismail reiterated Wednesday that the police would consider imposing the Internal Security Act (ISA), a draconian law that allows indefinite detention without trial, against rumormongers.
Rumormongers buy when prices fall, and then sell at a profit when prices rise.