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[kuh-luhm-nee-uh s] /kəˈlʌm ni əs/
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)
Origin of calumnious
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for calumnious
Historical Examples
  • 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 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • 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 George Gissing
  • Come forward, calumnious and insolent count, and abductor of women!

    The Cid Campeador Antonio de Trueba
  • The results of your denunciation will be stifled, because they are calumnious.

  • Let us put aside all these calumnious imputations; we will return to them afterwards.

  • He is also the author of the virulent and calumnious "History of the Council of Trent."

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • Rolland made no attempt to answer even the most calumnious of attacks.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • The Archbishop of Salzburg bitterly resents "the calumnious and defamatory charges against them."

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for calumnious


of or using calumny
(of a person) given to calumny
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for calumnious

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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