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calumniate

[kuh-luhm-nee-eyt] /kəˈlʌm niˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), calumniated, calumniating.
1.
to make false and malicious statements about; slander.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin calumniātus (past participle of calumniārī to accuse falsely, trick), equivalent to calumni(a) calumny + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
calumniation, noun
calumniator, noun
noncalumniating, adjective
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  • We do not grossly outrage even our enemies, but artfully calumniate them.
British Dictionary definitions for calumniate

calumniate

/kəˈlʌmnɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to slander
Derived Forms
calumniable, adjective
calumniation, noun
calumniator, noun
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Word Origin and History for calumniate
v.

1550s, from Latin calumniatus, past participle of calumniari "to accuse falsely," from calumnia "slander, false accusation" (see calumny). Related: Calumniated; calumniating.

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