Calumny meaning

kăləm-nē
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The definition of calumny is a lie or the act of saying a lie that is intended to be hurtful.

An example of a calumny is for a reporter to print a bad story about a businessman without a reliable source.

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The utterance of maliciously false statements; slander.
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A false and malicious statement meant to hurt someone's reputation.
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The uttering of such a statement; slander.
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A false and malicious statement about someone that is intended to injure his or her reputation. See also obloquy, defamation, and slander.
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A falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.

Accusations of abuse were pure extortive calumny in a malicious bid to make money.

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False charges brought about to tarnish another's reputation or standing.
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Origin of calumny

  • Middle English calumnie from Old French calomnie from Latin calumnia from calvī to deceive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle French calomnie, from Latin calumnia (“slander”), perhaps from calvor (“I deceive”).

    From Wiktionary