Hilchos Lashon Hara, Opening – positive commands (13)

If one spoke lashon hara and mixed in falsehood, even partially, he transgresses (Exodus 23:7), “Keep far from a false word.” His definition also changes and he is now in the category of “someone who gives [a person] a bad name,” whose punishment is far more severe than the regular speaker of lashon hara and rechilus.