What is the difference between hearsay and rumor?

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Rumor is a synonym of hearsay.

Hearsay is a synonym of rumor.


As nouns the difference between hearsay and rumor

is that hearsay is information that was heard by one person about another while rumor is (countable) a statement or claim of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth.

As a verb rumor is

(transitive|usually|used in the passive voice) to tell a rumor about; to gossip.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

hearsay

Noun

(en-noun)
  • information that was heard by one person about another
  • (legal) evidence based on the reports of others rather than on personal knowledge; normally inadmissible because not made under oath
  • (legal) evidence: an out-of-court statement offered in court for the truth of the matter asserted; normally inadmissible because not subject to cross-examination, unless the hearsay statement falls under one of the many exceptions
  • Synonyms

    * report * rumor * common talk * gossip

    See also

    * hear * as they say * you know what they say * so they say

    rumor

    English

    Alternative forms

    * rumour (UK, Commonwealth, International)

    Noun

  • (US, countable) A statement or claim of questionable accuracy, from no known reliable source, usually spread by word of mouth.
  • There's a rumor going round that he's going to get married.
  • (US, uncountable) Information or misinformation of the kind contained in such claims.
  • They say he used to be a thief, but that's just rumor .

    Synonyms

    * (piece of information) * (information) gossip, hearsay, talk, tittle-tattle

    Derived terms

    * rumor campaign * rumor has it

    Hypernyms

    * information

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (transitive, usually, used in the passive voice) To tell a rumor about; to gossip.
  • John is rumored to be next in line for a promotion.
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