calumny

[kal-uhm-nee]
noun, plural calumnies.
1.
a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something: The speech was considered a calumny of the administration.
2.
the act of uttering calumnies; slander; defamation.

Origin:
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.
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calumny (ˈkæləmnɪ)
 
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]

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Word Origin & History

calumny
mid-15c., from M.Fr. calomnie (15c.), from L. calumnia "trickery, subterfuge, misrepresentation, malicious charge," from calvi "to trick, deceive," from PIE base *kel-, *kol- "to deceive, confuse" (cf. Gk. kelein "to bewitch, seduce, beguile," Goth. holon "to deceive," O.N. hol "praise, flattery," O.E.
hol "slander," holian "to slander").
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Example sentences
We are here to open the campaign, not with slander and calumny, but to unite
  and draw closely to the old party all its members.
He faced a coalition of church, industry and popular press, and a nastier one
  of slander and whispered calumny.
We also have the letters which depict a sorrowful heart that suffered so much
  from the political calumny of his day.
Then he would not have to seek office, in itself an undignified procedure which
  opens to calumny his entire past.
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