SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM
Day 1 – Loshon Hora: A Definition
Loshon Hora (lit. evil talk) is defined as information which is either
derogatory or potentially harmful to another individual. A derogatory
statement about someone is loshon hora, even if it will definitely not
cause that person any harm. To focus on the shortcomings of another person
is itself wrong.
A statement that could potentially bring harm to someone – be it financial,
physical, psychological or otherwise – is loshon hora, even if the
information is not negative.
(It should be noted that the term loshon hora refers even to true
statements which are derogatory or harmful. Negative statements that are
untrue or inaccurate are termed hotzaas shem ra, slander.)