defamation, calumny, calumniation, obloquy, traducement, hatchet job(noun)
a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
aspersion, calumny, slander, defamation, denigration(noun)
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
a falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.
Accusations of abuse were pure extortive calumny in a malicious bid to make money.
false charges brought about to tarnish another's reputation or standing.
Origin: calomnie, from calumnia, perhaps from calvor.
false accusation of a crime or offense, maliciously made or reported, to the injury of another; malicious misrepresentation; slander; detraction
Origin: [L. calumnia, fr. calvi to devise tricks, deceive; cf. F. calomnie. Cf. Challenge, n.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kal′um-ni, n. false accusation: slander.—v.t. Calum′niāte, to accuse falsely: to slander.—v.i. to spread evil reports.—ns. Calum′niātion; Calum′niātor.—adjs. Calum′niātory, Calum′nious, of the nature of calumny: slanderous.—adv. Calum′niously.—Oath of calumny, a method in the law of Scotland for the prevention of calumnious and unnecessary suits, by which both parties at the beginning of a cause swear, either by themselves or their counsel, that the facts set forth by them are true—usual only in actions of divorce, &c. [L. calumnia, prob. for calvomnia, from calvi, calvĕre, to deceive.]
The numerical value of calumny in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of calumny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go.
A man calumniated is doubly injured -- first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.
This is a disease of people who seek tirelessly to multiply power only aimed at calumny, and to defame and discredit others.
Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.
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- Rufmord, VerleumdungGerman
- panettelu, vääristely, herjausFinnish
- baktalelse, baksnakking, baksnakk, baktalingNorwegian
- kalumnia, oszczerstwoPolish
- karalama, bühtan, iftiraTurkish
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