verbal injury

verbal injury

in Scots law, a generic term for delicts that cause harm by words, although this does not normally include negligent misstatements where it is the negligence that causes the harm, the words being merely the mode. Comprised within the category is DEFAMATION, CONVICIUM and MALICIOUS FALSEHOOD.
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Discuss the many ways that bullying manifested itself in the school environment: intentional or attempted physical or verbal injury or abuse, teasing, gossiping, spreading rumors, making faces, insulting gestures, exclusion from groups, etc.
As I have argued elsewhere, Christine's polemic raised the problem of verbal injury.
By casting those mos actisans in terms of verbal injury, Christine approached the figuration of women in fictional texts in a way that has every thing to do with the use and effects of those figures.
Running through all her invectives was the concern with their verbal injury.
Placed in this continuum, Christine's final occasional writing builds on her critiques of verbal injury.