- of, involving, or using calumny; slanderous; defamatory.
Also ca·lum·ni·a·to·ry [kuh-luhm-nee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəˈlʌm ni əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.
Origin of calumnious
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Examples from the Web for calumnious
All charges of cruelty and inhumanity were vile and calumnious falsehoods.The War in South Africa
Arthur Conan Doyle
For the rest, I trust to myself to propitiate the kindly and to silence the calumnious.The Parisians, Complete
They employed against them calumnious threats and even violence.Old and New Paris, v. 2
Henry Sutherland Edwards
Even to look into her face did not silence the calumnious whispering.Demos
Come forward, calumnious and insolent count, and abductor of women!The Cid Campeador
Antonio de Trueba
calumniatory (kəˈlʌmnɪətərɪ, -trɪ)
- of or using calumny
- (of a person) given to calumny
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Word Origin and History for calumnious
late 15c., from Latin calumniosus, from calumnia (see calumny). Related: Calumniously.
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