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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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British Dictionary definitions for calumniation

calumniate

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

1540s, noun of action from calumniate (v.).

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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