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Related to calumniator: louring, collimator


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.
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References in classic literature ?
The calumniator is not yet punished, and he may hope that he will not be; but, on my honor, it he thinks so, he deceives himself."
'That vile and slanderous calumniator, the GAZETTE;' these, and other spirit-stirring denunciations, were strewn plentifully over the columns of each, in every number, and excited feelings of the most intense delight and indignation in the bosoms of the townspeople.
The Duchess of Orleans relates that the irreverent old calumniator, Marshal Villeroi, who in his youth had known St.
Between him and his mother was the most perfect sympathy, for secretly the lady was herself a devout disciple of the late and great Myron Bayne, though with the tact so generally and justly admired in her sex (despite the hardy calumniators who insist that it is essentially the same thing as cunning) she had always taken care to conceal her weakness from all eyes but those of him who shared it.
``Base calumniators!'' replied the knight; ``I would I had the chastising of them.
This fact will be alone sufficient to silence the tongues of malignant calumniators. I had to get my passport vised for Rome in Florence, and then they would not let me come ashore here until a policeman had examined it on the wharf and sent me a permit.
No man is now indulged to bring a criminal accusation where his own interest is not concerned, except the King's advocate who for that reason is styled the Calumniator Publicus....
The Jewish Voice confronted this nefarious offering as it feared that Jews might be duped by the questionable intentions of this "rabid anti-Catholic organ." "We spurn the friendship of The Menace and other publications of its ilk," the newspaper told its readers, "[and] we will have nothing to do with any institution that is a calumniator of any group of sincerely religious people." (41) Calling The Menace "unworthy of recognition," The Jewish Voice nevertheless devoted space in its editorial pages to chastising the paper for its "venom and vindictiveness" directed at Roman Catholics.
The resolution of Phedre involves a classic CPT known as the convention of the calumniator credited.
"This backbitter of every man that ever was acquainted with him, the calumniator of every one who ever rendered him a service has thought proper to put forth his impotent venom and to level his cowardly and malevolent attack upon me in an address to you, the People of Preston, in his last lying Register, I feel it a duty ...