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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.]
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)]
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|Noun||1.||calumny - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions|
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"
|2.||calumny - an abusive attack on a person's character or good name|
attack - strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"