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calumnious

[kuh-luhm-nee-uh s] /kəˈlʌm ni əs/
adjective
1.
of, involving, or using calumny; slanderous; defamatory.
Also, calumniatory
[kuh-luhm-nee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəˈlʌm ni əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of calumnious
1480-1490
1480-90; < Latin calumniōsus full of tricks or artifices, equivalent to calumni(a) calumny + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
calumniously, adverb
noncalumnious, adjective
uncalumnious, adjective
uncalumniously, adverb
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calumnious

/kəˈlʌmnɪəs/
adjective
1.
of or using calumny
2.
(of a person) given to calumny
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Word Origin and History for calumniatory

calumnious

adj.

late 15c., from Latin calumniosus, from calumnia (see calumny). Related: Calumniously.

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