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Containing or implying calumny; slanderous or defamatory.

ca·lum′ni·ous·ly adv.


(kəˈlʌmnɪəs) or


1. of or using calumny
2. (of a person) given to calumny


(kəˈlʌm ni əs)

also ca•lum•ni•a•to•ry

(kəˈlʌm ni əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

of, involving, or using calumny; slanderous; defamatory.
[1480–90; < Latin]
ca•lum′ni•ous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.calumnious - (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"


Damaging to the reputation:
Law: libelous.
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The engine crew were Koreans -- despite calumnious rumours that sometimes they would refuse to drive north and had to be replaced by UN drivers, I have yet to hear of this actually happening.
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The charges against Carr always smacked of guilt by association and they were unjust in the extreme, if not calumnious.
In a press statement, Bishop William Murphy, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said, "I'm concerned about these attacks on John Carr and I know they are false and I think they are even calumnious.
camouflage a calumnious grab for power; it should therefore be no
Flynn must apologize to Supervisors Judy Mikels and Kathy Long in as public a manner as he cast his calumnious claims.
When I ordered the books up, I was startled to discover that every single one had a West Country dedication, all being addressed to local gentry rather than nobility, and that in one of these dedicatory epistles, the one prefaced to A threefold preservative against three dangerous diseases (1610), Sclater reveals that he has been subjected to calumnious attacks, by which he has been deeply injured, and from which he is evidently still smarting.
He says the statements in the article were false and calumnious and he has suffered injury to his feelings and reputation.