calumny


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cal·um·ny

 (kăl′əm-nē)
n. pl. cal·um·nies
1. A false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation.
2. The utterance of maliciously false statements; slander.

[Middle English calumnie, from Old French calomnie, from Latin calumnia, from calvī, to deceive.]

calumny

(ˈkæləmnɪ)
n, pl -nies
1. the malicious utterance of false charges or misrepresentation; slander; defamation
2. such a false charge or misrepresentation
[C15: from Latin calumnia deception, slander]

cal•um•ny

(ˈkæl əm ni)

n., pl. -nies.
1. a false and malicious statement designed to injure a reputation.
2. slander; defamation.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin calumnia< calvī to deceive + -ia -y3)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calumny - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actionscalumny - 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
2.calumny - an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
attack - strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"

calumny

calumny

noun
The expression of injurious, malicious statements about someone:
Law: libel.
Translations
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calumnia
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kalumniaoszczerstwo

calumny

[ˈkæləmnɪ] N (frm) → calumnia f

calumny

n (liter)Schmähung f (geh), → Verunglimpfung f

calumny

[ˈkæləmnɪ] n (frm) → calunnia
References in classic literature ?
He confessed with the utmost frankness and ingenuity that the priests and religious have given dreadful accounts both of us and of the religion we preached; that the unhappy people were taught by them that the curse of God attended us wheresoever we went; that we were always followed by the grasshoppers, that pest of Abyssinia, which carried famine and destruction over all the country; that he, seeing no grasshoppers following us when we passed by their village, began to doubt of the reality of what the priests had so confidently asserted, and was now convinced that the representation they made of us was calumny and imposture.
And this is the reason why my three accusers, Meletus and Anytus and Lycon, have set upon me; Meletus, who has a quarrel with me on behalf of the poets; Anytus, on behalf of the craftsmen and politicians; Lycon, on behalf of the rhetoricians: and as I said at the beginning, I cannot expect to get rid of such a mass of calumny all in a moment.
The charge of a conspiracy against the liberties of the people, which has been indiscriminately brought against the advocates of the plan, has something in it too wanton and too malignant, not to excite the indignation of every man who feels in his own bosom a refutation of the calumny.
Yet we know by happy experience that the public trust was not betrayed; nor has the purity of our public councils in this particular ever suffered, even from the whispers of calumny.
This horrible calumny embittered the last days of the dainty chevalier all the more because, as the present Scene will show, he had lost a hope long cherished to which he had made many sacrifices.
Yes, but calumny seized upon all those follies in which I took no part, as you well know, my Lord.
Yes; that is to say, he fought for the independence of the Greeks, and hence arises the calumny.
Think better of it, Barbara, and pay no more heed to foolish advice and calumny, but read your book again, and read it with attention.
I thought that calumny was stifled or extinct; you have spared me till now, but since you speak of it, once for all, I tell you "
As I am writing for American readers, I wish to say, that all they are told of the vices of OLD countries, on the other side of the Atlantic, is strictly true; while all that is said, directly, or by implication, of the vices and faults of this happy young country, is just so much calumny.
This was no calumny, and yet I remember well, somewhere far back in the late seventies, that the crew of that ship were, if anything, rather proud of her evil fame, as if they had been an utterly corrupt lot of desperadoes glorying in their association with an atrocious creature.
How Blunt had got enough information to base that atrocious calumny upon, Monsieur George couldn't imagine.