Definition of calumny in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkaləmni

noun (plural calumnies)

[mass noun]

verb (calumnies, calumnying, calumnied)

[with object] formal Back to top  
  • Slander (someone).
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /kəˈlʌmnɪəs/
More example sentences
  • 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.

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