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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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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.
28) In the former case, they legalised real-name registration in South Korea, which in itself manifests a sentiment not only in support of people's conservative ideas but also one of stricter control over the nation due to threats of online crimes and calumniation.