calumny NOUN (pl. calumnies) the making of false and defamatory statements about someone.
VERB (calumnies, calumnied) formal calumniate.
DERIVATIVES calumnious adjective.
ORIGIN Latin calumnia.

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  • Calumnious — Ca*lum ni*ous, a. [L. calumniosus.] Containing or implying calumny; false, malicious, and injurious to reputation; slanderous; as, calumnious reports. [1913 Webster] Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes. Shak. Syn: . Slanderous;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calumnious — I adjective abusive, blackening, calumniatory, castigatory, caustic, censorious, comminatory, compromising, condemnatory, contemptuous, contumelious, criminatory, criminosus, damaging, damnatory, decrying, defamatory, denigratory, denunciatory,… …   Law dictionary

  • calumnious — (adj.) late 15c., from L. calumniosus, from calumnia (see CALUMNY (Cf. calumny)). Related: Calumniously …   Etymology dictionary

  • calumnious — [kə lum′nē əs] adj. [L calumniosus, full of tricks, swindling] full of calumnies; slanderous calumniously adv …   English World dictionary

  • calumnious — adjective see calumny …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • calumnious — calumniously, adv. /keuh lum nee euhs/, adj. of, involving, or using calumny; slanderous; defamatory. Also, calumniatory /keuh lum nee euh tawr ee, tohr ee/. [1480 90; < L calumniosus full of tricks or artifices, equiv. to calumni(a) CALUMNY +… …   Universalium

  • calumnious — adjective possessing the traits of calumny …   Wiktionary

  • calumnious — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Damaging to the reputation: defamatory, detractive, injurious, invidious, scandalous, slanderous. Law: libelous. See ATTACK, CRIMES, LAW …   English dictionary for students

  • calumnious — ca lum·ni·ous || ɪəs adj. slanderous …   English contemporary dictionary

  • calumnious — a. Slanderous, abusive, defamatory, contumelious, opprobrious, vituperative, scurrilous, insulting …   New dictionary of synonyms

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