- to make false and malicious statements about; slander.
Origin of calumniate
Examples from the Web for calumniate
"I can assure you, sir, they who say so calumniate him," was the calm reply.Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
"Do not calumniate yourself, sir," replied the Pre Longuemare.The Gods are Athirst
I do not speak of those who calumniate art because they have never been favored by it.The Aesthetical Essays
But why do I calumniate my own spirit by saying I would rather?Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
He no longer allowed any one to calumniate and attack me in his presence; he had a just confidence in me; he always took my part.The Correspondence of Madame, Princess Palatine, Mother of the Regent; of Marie-Adlade de Savoie, Duchesse de Bourgogne; and of Madame de Maintenon, in Relation to Saint-Cyr
Charlotte-Elisabeth, duchesse d Orlans; Marie Adelaide, of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy; and Madame de Maintenon
- (tr) to slander
Word Origin and History for calumniate
1550s, from Latin calumniatus, past participle of calumniari "to accuse falsely," from calumnia "slander, false accusation" (see calumny). Related: Calumniated; calumniating.