What does calumny mean?

Definitions for calumny
ˈkæl əm nicalum·ny

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word calumny.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defamation, calumny, calumniation, obloquy, traducement, hatchet jobnoun

    a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions

  2. aspersion, calumny, slander, defamation, denigrationnoun

    an abusive attack on a person's character or good name


  1. calumnynoun

    a falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.

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

    Etymology: calomnie, from calumnia, perhaps from calvor.

  2. calumnynoun

    false charges brought about to tarnish another's reputation or standing.

    Etymology: calomnie, from calumnia, perhaps from calvor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calumnynoun

    false accusation of a crime or offense, maliciously made or reported, to the injury of another; malicious misrepresentation; slander; detraction

    Etymology: [L. calumnia, fr. calvi to devise tricks, deceive; cf. F. calomnie. Cf. Challenge, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Calumny

    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.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calumny in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calumny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of calumny in a Sentence

  1. Pope Francis:

    This is a disease of people who seek tirelessly to multiply power only aimed at calumny, and to defame and discredit others.

  2. Herodotus:

    A man calumniated is doubly injured -- first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go.

  4. Pope Francis:

    There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny.

  5. Eric Hoffer:

    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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