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[kuh-luhm-nee-eyt] /kəˈlʌm niˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), calumniated, calumniating.
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 forms
calumniation, noun
calumniator, noun
noncalumniating, adjective Unabridged
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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.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • 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.

    Drake, Nelson and Napoleon

    Walter Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for calumniation


(transitive) to slander
Derived Forms
calumniable, adjective
calumniation, noun
calumniator, noun
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Word Origin and History for calumniation

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



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

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