pleading. A discourse a conversation or conference.
2. In actions of slander, it is generally true that an action does not lie
for words, on account of, their being merely disgraceful to a person in
his office, profession or trade; unless it be averred, that at the time
of publishing the words, there was a colloquium concerning the office, profession
or trade of the plaintiff.
3. In its technical sense, the term colloquium signifies an averment in
a declaration that there was a conversation or discourse on the part of
the defendant, which connects the slander with the office, profession or
trade of the plaintiff; and this colloquium must extend to the whole of
the prefatory matter to render the words actionable. 3 Bulst. 83. Vide Bac.
Ab. Slander, S, n. 3; Dane"s Ab. Index, h. t.; Com. Dig. Action upon the
case for Defamation, G 7, 8, &c.; Stark. on Sland. 290, et seq.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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