noun (plural calumnies)[mass noun]
- 1The making of false and defamatory statements about someone in order to damage their reputation; slander: a bitter struggle marked by calumny and litigationMore example sentences
slander, defamation (of character), character assassination, misrepresentation of character, evil-speaking, calumniation, libel; scandalmongering, malicious gossip, muckraking, smear campaign, disparagement, denigration, derogation, aspersions, vilification, traducement, obloquy, verbal abuse, backbiting, vituperation, revilement, scurrility; lies, slurs, smears, untruths, false accusations, false reports, insults, slights• informal mud-slingingNorth American • informal bad-mouthing• archaic contumely
- You risk committing the sin of calumny.
- It pains us to be a subject of real calumny, unjustifiably so.
- When I buy Frank magazine and pass it around, I am doing evil for I am sharing in the sin of detraction and calumny.
- 1.1 [count noun] A false and slanderous statement: a change in the law would prevent the press from publishing calumniesMore example sentences
- This is a well-worn calumny.
- It creates a nexus of links that increase the chance that the calumny will come to the top of a google search.
- Could it have been those allegiances that in some way led her to purvey such calumnies?
verb (calumnies, calumnying, calumnied)[with object] • formal Back to top
- Slander (someone).More example sentences
- That passage takes us closer to the reason why he has been hated and calumnied for so long.
- What I don't believe is that it is necessary to calumny it with things it does not teach or believe.
- She has exposed herself to calumny from nearly all sides and may have dealt her career a mortal blow.
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- I intend to hear nothing more of your calumnious fabrications.
- As it completes one year of calumnious existence, and rings in a new millennium of slander and misrepresentation, we would like to brag.
- Commenters have left all kinds of comments to posts that the authors of those posts find objectionable, even calumnious.
late Middle English: from Latin calumnia.