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calumniate

[kuh-luhm-nee-eyt]
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verb (used with object), ca·lum·ni·at·ed, ca·lum·ni·at·ing.
  1. to make false and malicious statements about; slander.

Origin of calumniate

1545–55; < Latin calumniātus (past participle of calumniārī to accuse falsely, trick), equivalent to calumni(a) calumny + -ātus -ate1
Related formsca·lum·ni·a·tion, nounca·lum·ni·a·tor, nounnon·ca·lum·ni·at·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for calumniation

Historical Examples

  • But how barbarous that is, and how unfortunate for him, that the world shall think the better of any person for his calumniation!

    Love for Love

    William Congreve

  • We are to avoid giving occasion for our enemies to open their mouths in calumniation of God's name and his Word.

  • Thou hast grieved over my calumniation, and likewise hast lamented the damage to my good name.

  • It was said that he was spoiled by Pitt, and was consumed by vanity, and was broken by Tory calumniation.


British Dictionary definitions for calumniation

calumniate

verb
  1. (tr) to slander
Derived Formscalumniable, adjectivecalumniation, nouncalumniator, noun
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Word Origin and History for calumniation

n.

1540s, noun of action from calumniate (v.).

calumniate

v.

1550s, from Latin calumniatus, past participle of calumniari "to accuse falsely," from calumnia "slander, false accusation" (see calumny). Related: Calumniated; calumniating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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