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[kal-uh m-nee] /ˈkæl əm ni/
noun, plural calumnies.
a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something:
The speech was considered a calumny of the administration.
the act of uttering calumnies; slander; defamation.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin calumnia, equivalent to calumn-, perhaps originally a middle participle of calvī to deceive + -ia -y3)
2. libel, vilification, calumniation, derogation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for calumnies
  • He rejoiced in calumnies and persecutions, and always triumphed over them by silence and patience.
  • Without them he would have no security against the calumnies circulated by his enemies.
  • The time has come to put an end to these base calumnies, these foolish accusations.
British Dictionary definitions for calumnies


noun (pl) -nies
the malicious utterance of false charges or misrepresentation; slander; defamation
such a false charge or misrepresentation
Word Origin
C15: from Latin calumnia deception, slander
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Word Origin and History for calumnies



"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").

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