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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.
References in classic literature ?
She could not greatly influence her daughter-in-law against me, because, between that lady and herself there was a mutual dislike--chiefly shown by her in secret detractions and calumniations; by the other, in an excess of frigid formality in her demeanour; and no fawning flattery of the elder could thaw away the wall of ice which the younger interposed between them.
KARACHI -- Sindh Governor Imran Ismail was looking satisfied and well pleased to attend the calumniation ceremony of 'Ride for a cause motorcycle rally' at Dolmen Clifton on Sunday.
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.