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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Definitions for calumny

  1. False accusation of a crime or offense, intended to injure another's reputation.
  2. Malicious misrepresentation; slander.

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Citations for calumny
They would see to it that every suspicious whisper and outright calumny would be repeated in print, breathing fire into the growing spirit of faction. William Safire, Scandalmonger
They protest to him against the universal order, and then reward his kind words by calumny and accusations of . . . inhumanity and cruelty. Paola Capriolo, Floria Tosca
Origin of calumny
late Middle English
1400-1450
Calumny comes, via Middle French, from Latin calumnia, from calvi, "to form intrigues, to deceive." The adjective form is calumnious.
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