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tr.v. ca·lum·ni·at·ed, ca·lum·ni·at·ing, ca·lum·ni·ates
To make maliciously or knowingly false statements about. See Synonyms at malign.

[Latin calumniārī, calumniāt-, from calumnia, calumny; see calumny.]

ca·lum′ni·a′tion n.
ca·lum′ni·a′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calumniation - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actionscalumniation - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
assassination, blackwash, character assassination - an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
malignment, smear, vilification - slanderous defamation
libel - a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
slander - words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
name calling, names - verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument; "sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me"
epithet, name - a defamatory or abusive word or phrase


The expression of injurious, malicious statements about someone:
Law: libel.
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Members of parliament who violate every form of human decency are allowed to allege whatever they want - false accusations, malicious misrepresentations of someone's words and actions, calumniation seem to be the hallmark of these degenerates and abominations, clinging desperately to safeguard their personal agenda.
How often was he attacked by opposition and defamation and calumniation regarding what he did not or did and slander and vilification: but he was unaffected by it and did not busy himself with answering the slanderers, nor did he manifest any distress at the calumny of the confused (or: the muddle-headed; or: the scheming).
As Marc Fasteau has demonstrated, the framers of the Vietnam War era rigorously categorized any opposition to the war as "unmasculine"; draft-dodgers were characterized as androgynous with the same derision that met similar characterizations of counterculture hippies; anyone attempting to elude service in the War invited the calumniation and deeper hazards of charges of effeminacy and sexual deviance.