One imagines that the latest pope, a Jesuit, is familiar with the centuries of calumny that have been heaped upon his forebears.
The climax of calumny was reached in a decree of the Parliament of Paris, issued on August 6, 1762.
calumny is a little wind, but it raises such a terrible tempest.
Had he fixed the calumny on any one of the servants, he would have been confronted and detected in his falsehood.
Some they bought—some they ruined—some they intimidated—some they destroyed by calumny.
When an individual endeavours to lift himself above his fellows, he is dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or calumny.
He was rewarded, as such men too often are, by calumny and suspicion.
Your immediate friends may reject the calumny, but the majority of people won't.
God as the formula for every calumny of "this world," for every lie of "another world!"
calumny hovers over her head, and slander follows her footsteps!
"False & malicious misrepresentation of the words or actions of others, calculated to injure their reputation" [Fowler], mid-15c., from Middle French calomnie (15c.), from Latin calumnia "trickery, subterfuge, misrepresentation, malicious charge," from calvi "to trick, deceive," from PIE root *kel- "to deceive, confuse" (cf. Greek kelein "to bewitch, seduce, beguile," Gothic holon "to deceive," Old Norse hol "praise, flattery," Old English hol "slander," holian "to slander").